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Challenging Behavior in Young Children

Workshops and Presentations

Barbara Kaiser is giving presentations about challenging behavior throughout the United States and Canada. You can invite her to your conference, school, or center.

Meeting the Challenge (keynote or workshop). If you’re like most of us, you feel frustrated and defeated when confronted with a child with challenging behaviors. The daily struggles sap your energy and joy in teaching. You worry that you're failing not only that child and his family but the rest of the children in your group as well. Early intervention is key when it comes to children with challenging behavior. The adults who spend many hours a day with them can make a difference in their lives. Designed to help those individuals—parents, teachers and caregivers—who are working first-hand with young children with challenging behavior, this keynote address uses an anecdotal approach to identify practical and effective ideas and strategies that have been drawn from research in many fields.

I Didn’t Mean to Ruin Your Day (keynote or workshop). When you recognize that a child’s challenging behavior is rooted in biological and environmental factors and not a desire to ruin your day, it becomes possible for you to figure out what the child needs to learn in order to succeed. This workshop will help you understand why a child behaves in a particular way and make it much easier to meet those needs and effectively manage inappropriate behavior.

Prevention Is the Best Intervention (keynote or workshop). Challenging behavior can be prevented when teachers understand the risk and protective factors in children’s lives and create a responsive learning environment, program, and social context. This workshop applies research to practice, investigates biological and environmental risk factors and the role of the brain, and helps teachers to redefine the concept of fairness.

Time-out for Time-out! (workshop). This workshop explores alternatives to time-out and the effects of punishment. It examines the use of natural and logical consequences and provides an overview of Functional Assessment and Positive Behavior Support, important tools that enable early childhood educators to help children with challenging behavior learn appropriate ways to express their needs.

Functional Assessment and Positive Behavior Support (workshop). The premise of the linked strategies of Functional Assessment and Positive Behavior Support is that every challenging behavior can be thought of as a child’s solution to a problem and a form of communication. This workshop will help educators learn how to use these strategies to understand where the behavior is coming from, why it is happening at a particular time in a particular place, the logic behind it, and function (or functions) it serves for the child. Even if the behavior is unacceptable, the function seldom is.

There’s Bullying in My Classroom (keynote or workshop). What is bullying? Why do kids bully? Who are the children who bully? Who are the targets of bullying? Who are the bystanders? Bullying happens everywhere, whether the school or classroom is large or small, urban or rural. This workshop answers questions that all teachers have about bullying and provides strategies for dealing with this pervasive problem.

Opening the Culture Door (keynote or workshop). Every place and everyone has a culture. This workshop explores how understanding that culture can improve a teacher’s ability to prevent and respond to challenging behavior.

WEVAS: Working Effectively with Violent and Aggressive States (workshop). Even to the experienced teacher, challenging behavior sometimes seems to come out of nowhere. WEVAS strategy helps you to recognize warning signs, see things from the child’s perspective, and match your response to the child’s needs.

Parents Are Partners (keynote or workshop). Talking to parents about their child’s challenging behavior can be one of a teacher’s most difficult jobs. This workshop provides lots of tips for connecting with parents and creating a team approach to challenging behavior.

Challenging Behavior in Young Children: The Director’s Role (keynote or workshop). A child care center director/supervisor is an advocate for the children, the staff, and the center. This workshop looks at the issues related to the director’s role in supporting staff and families when there are children with challenging behavior in the center. In addition to developing an understanding of why some children behave inappropriately, administrators will learn to understand and respond effectively to staff and family expectations, examine best practices for positive guidance, and explore guidelines for developing (or revising) and implementing a behavior management policy.

Parent Workshop (a workshop for parents). Struggling with their child’s challenging behavior at home, families often seek new strategies. This workshop will help them to understand their child and themselves and suggest ways to prevent and respond to challenging behaviors more effectively.

Participants rave about Barbara’s presentations!

“After your workshop I came back to a dozen or more left messages—parents, providers, early ed. college staff, all sharing their thanks for being able to attend the “best” conference ever!!! You truly were an inspiration to all who were in attendance. I must honestly say, I've been here 24 years,and this is the best response on any event we've sponsored. The dialogue among our educators and providers is being shared throughout the community. Barbara you made quite an impact.” —Wendy Hood, Child Care Resource & Referral, Plumas Rural Services, Quincy, CA

“We were thinking about you yesterday as we prepare to share our workshop notes with our colleagues. I have to tell you how much I loved your workshop and the ideas I took from it. I am using it at home a lot with my own children. We are certainly trying hard to implement it in our classes, too, and I already see some positive changes in the general class behavior. I do not have an “Andrew” this year so I won’t need everything, but it certainly helped me set a different tone in my class. Thanks again for all the tips.” —Julie, Singapore American School, Singapore

“This workshop opened my eyes to things I can do differently. Barbara is great! I loved her enthusiasm. There were lots of opportunities for discussion and exchange of ideas." —Preschool Teacher, Richardson, TX

“Learning about Functional Assessment and Positive Behavior Support using an actual case study was very practical and useful." —Childcare Educator, Baltimore, MD

“Finally, a workshop where I learned some strategies that are useful and realistic. I plan to use them with two of the children in my classroom." —Pre-K Teacher, Baton Rouge, LA

“I have found the WEVAS system invaluable this year working with special needs 4-year-olds. It significantly changed the behavior of the child I was working with, after more traditional methods (sending him home, time-out, talking to him) did not work at all.”

“Barbara packed the day with insights about young children and useful strategies for the classroom teacher….we were energized.”

“Barbara’s workshop is not only practical, but full of her own personal experiences.”

“Virtually everyone learned practical strategies they couldn’t wait to try!”

“We were thrilled with the day! Barbara challenged teachers to rethink their classroom management practices and apply new ideas.”

Where is Barbara going?

February 19, 2013 Wading River, New York Long Island Head Start Conference, Keynote Presentation
March 8, 2013 Elyria, Ohio Educational Service Center of Lorraine County, Full-day workshop
April 12–13, 2013 Boise, Idaho Treasure Valley AEYC, Keynote and sessions TBD
April 30–May 4, 2013 Montreal, Quebec Quebec Association of Pre-School Professionals (QAPPD), WEVAS workshops
May 11, 2013 Montreal, Quebec Association of Early Childhood Educators of Quebec (AECEQ), Keynote and workshops
May 22, 2013 Webinar Early Childhood Investigations
June 1, 2013 St. Louis, Missouri SouthSide Early Childhood Center, Full day workshop
June 10–11, 2013 San Francisco, California National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Professional Development Institute. Featured session, panel discussion: Developmentally Appropriate Practice through the Eyes and Ears of a Child with Challenging Behaviorand Where Is the Fairy Dust? How Do I Prepare My Students or Staff to Effectively Respond to a Child’s Challenging Behavior?
July 9, 2013 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Academy in School Mental Health Keynote: Bullying: What Do We Really Know?
August 20, 2013 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada EDUfest 2013, Full-day workshop: What Is Bullying? Creating a Safe and Secure Learning Environment
August 21, 2013 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada EDUfest 2013, Full-day workshop: Creating a Positive School Climate and Sense of Community
August 22, 2013 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada EDUfest 2013, Full-day workshop: Understanding Bullying / Cyber-bullying and Responding Effectively
October 2–4, 2013 Villanova, Pennsylvania Devereux DECI, Facing the Challenge (Train the Trainer, 2–1/2 days)
October 19, 2013 Halliburton, Ontario Ontario Early Years Centre Haliburton Victoria Brock, Early Childhood Conference, 3 Sessions TBD
October 23–25, 2013 Montreal, Quebec QAPPD WEVAS workshops (2 full days)
October 27–29, 2013 Montreal, Quebec QAPPD WEVAS workshops (2 full days)
November 1, 2013 Coldbrook, Nova Scotia AVRSB Mental Health Conference Keynote ("Bullying in schools: What do we know? What do we need to know? How can remake a difference?") Two breakout sessions, Creating a safe a caring school environment.
November 15, 2013 Mt. Uniacke, Nova Scotia CCRSB, The importance of understanding, preventing, and responding effectively to children’s challenging behaviour
December 4, 2013 Glendale, CA St. Mary’s Tufenkian Preschool, Full-day Nothing I do Works! The importance of understanding, preventing, and responding effectively and Parent evening workshop, 2 hours
March 8, 2014 New York City NYCAEYC Keynote: "Where is the Fairy Dust?" and workshop "I didn’t mean to ruin your day"
March 17–18, 2014 Rhode Island and Connecticut EASTCONN Full Day Workshop: "Nothing I Do Works"
March 28, 2014 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Prairie Spirit School Division, full-day Workshop TBD
June 6–10, 2014 Auckland, New Zealand Early Childhood Council Keynote, workshop and full-day post-conference workshop
July 28, 2014 Houston, TX Presbyterian Weekday Ministries Conference Keynote and breakout session TBD
September 20, 2014 Tulsa, OK Tulsa Community College Keynote TBD
October 20–22, 2014 Villanova, Pennsylvania

Devereux Center for Resilient Children, Facing the Challenge (Train the Trainer) 2-1/2 days

November 4–8, 2014 Dallas, Texas NAEYC Annual Conference, Bullying in Early Childhood: What You Need to Know and What You Can Do About It! (3-hour Wednesday presentation with Joan Duffell and Linda Likins) and Opening the Culture Door: Creating Culturally Respectful Early Learning Environments
November 21 Fredericton, New Brunswick New Brunswick Association for Community Living, Keynote: I Didn’t Mean to Ruin Your Day!
December 3, 2014 WEBINAR Early Childhood Investigations, Out of Control Children: A Team Approach for Early Educators and Families

March 28, 2015 Halifax, Nova Scotia St Joseph’s Children’s Centre Full-day workshop
April 8–10, 2015 Rapid City, South Dakota SDAEYC Keynote and workshop
April 17–19, 2015 Pumas County, California Pumas Rural Services Full-Day workshop
April 28–30, 2015 Kenora, Ontario Firefly Community Services, “Where Is the Fairy Dust: Supporting Teachers When There Is a Child With Challenging Behaviour in Their Group”
May 8–10, 2015 Regina Saskatchewan South Saskatchewan Directors for Early Learning “Nothing I Do Works!” Full-day workshop for teachers and directors
May 20–24, 2015 Winnipeg, Manitoba MCCA “I Didn’t Mean to Ruin Your Day!” “Parents as Partners,” “Bullying in Early Childhood,” “Opening the Culture Door”
June 6–10, 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana NAEYC PDI TBD
June 18–21, 2015 Tulsa, Oklahoma Tulsa Community College Keynote and Workshop
June 24, 2015 Bowling Green, Kentucky Simpson County Schools keynote and break-out session
July 7, 2015 Owensboro, Kentucky County Early Childhood Regional Training keynote and break-out session
Sept 7–9, 2015 London Sanguine Consulting “Challenging Behavior in Young Children: Understanding, Preventing, and Responding Effectively” (Pre-K–Grade 3)
Oct. Date TBD Villanova, Pennsylvania Devereux Center for Resilient Children “Facing the Challenge” (train the trainer, 2-1/2 days)
October 30–31, 2015 Zurich, Switzerland Foundations for Learning 2 full-days. Meeting the Challenge, Bullying Behavior: What it is, what it is not, and what you can do about it, Understanding and Implementing Differentiated Instruction
November 7, 2015 Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Community College Full-day workshop
November 14, 2015 Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Community College Full-day workshop
November 25–27, 2015 Hong Kong Sanguine Consulting “Challenging Behavior in Young Children: Understanding, Preventing, and Responding Effectively” (Pre-K–Grade 3)

To book a workshop or keynote address, or contact Barbara, email barb...@challengingbehavior.com.

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