challenging behavior

challenging behavior

  • Are the Children Pushing Your Buttons?

    Are the Children Pushing Your Buttons?

           We all have our “hot buttons” that children push. Take a moment to think about the children’s behaviors that really bother you. For some of us it might be when a child lies. For others it is when a child talks back, whines, rolls her eyes, or doesn’t wipe his nose. We all have our pet peeves – those triggers which set us on edge. Read More

  • Staying Calm When Children Use Challenging Behavior

    Staying Calm When Children Use Challenging Behavior

              While discussing the acting out cycle this week, we started considering how difficult it is to stay calm when a child is violent, or verbally abusive, especially to us! As difficult as it is, keeping ourselves calm is critical to the success of working with challenging behaviors. Read More

  • Using Logical Consequences for Children’s Inappropriate Behaviors

    Using Logical Consequences for Children’s Inappropriate Behaviors

    One of my students asked me this week if it was okay that she stopped a 1st grade child from eating breakfast because she had been chatting the whole time and not eating. This child had been reminded repeatedly that she was running out of time to eat, and she still chose to talk and not eat. Read More

  • Working with Children with ADHD in the classroom

    Working with Children with ADHD in the classroom

         One of the questions I get asked frequently is how to help children who have been diagnosed (or should be diagnosed) with ADHD. Since ADHD is label for children who have a set of behaviors that all related to executive functioning, my suggestions focus on helping children to develop new skills (rather than just cope). Read More

  • Emotional Skills

    Emotional Skills

    The children who have so much trouble behaving in school often need help developing emotional skills. Although many of us understand the importance of social skills, we don’t always understand the role that emotional skills play in children being successful in school.
    Here are some of the skills that you can teach the children who are finding it hard to behave:

    Labeling Emotions. Read More

  • Stop the Stoplights!

    Stop the Stoplights!

             With school starting up again, I’m sure to see more of the latest behavioral management fad: Large stoplights in which the children’s names start out on green, then move to yellow and red for behavioral infractions. These are used with good intentions, of course, but fail miserably to improve children’s behaviors. Read More

  • Young Children, 9/11 and Bullying

    Young Children, 9/11 and Bullying

             I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the upcoming 9/11 remembrance ceremonies, the new New Jersey law requiring anti-bullying efforts, and the connection between these two. And of course how this all affects young children. Read More