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Barbara Kaiser and Judy Rasminsky

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What kind of training do teachers want most? Help with challenging behavior, according to an Insta Poll by Child Care Exchange. This topic has headed the survey list for five years.

Help is here: Challenging Behavior in Young Children, winner of the 2007 Texty Award for Textbook Excellence. The judges called it “an absolute winner.”


An invaluable resource

Making full use of Barbara Kaiser’s 30 years of experience as a child care director and teacher, the new edition of Challenging Behavior in Young Children presents in-depth background information and effective strategies to help preservice and practicing teachers understand, prevent, and address the behavior problems found so often in today’s primary schools and child care centers. The evidence-based techniques provided here work with the most difficult behaviors and benefit every child in the classroom.

The third edition maintains the personal touch and real-life examples teachers have come to rely on.

New in the third edition

  • Throughout the book there is more about working with children in primary school—without losing focus on the preschool years.
  • Chapter 9 features a new section on what makes a guidance strategy work, as well as descriptions of several additional guidance strategies, such as developmental discipline, teacher effectiveness training, and collaborative problem solving. There is also a section on what to do when a child loses control.
  • Chapters 7, 8, and 10 seamlessly support the CSEFEL model and the TACSEI initiative.
  • Chapter 6 has more material about the culture of school and child care, and there are new sections on dual-language learners and culturally responsive teaching.
  • We’ve written new segments on autism and the IDEA requirements for assessment.
  • We’ve greatly expanded Chapter 8, which deals with physical space, routines and transitions, procedures, and teaching strategies (including Tools of the Mind), appropriate for children 3 to 8 years old.
  • New reflective checklists help students and teachers improve their practice.
  • There are updates on brain research; temperament (which is increasingly recognized as crucial in challenging behavior); the role of peers in challenging behavior; and new approaches to enhancing resilience.
  • A new Instructor’s Manual is available for download to college instructors who register online at www.pearsonhighered.com, Educators. This manual includes interactive activities, discussion questions, learning outcomes, chapter summaries, and more to enrich a variety of college course formats—online, hybrid, and face-to-face.

Challenging behavior can turn a classroom—or a home—upside down

When a child with challenging behavior comes into their lives, teachers and families find themselves at a loss, unable to turn things around or help the child behave appropriately. Often they feel overwhelmed, frustrated, defeated.

Challenging Behavior in Young Children (3rd edition) can save the day! Author Barbara Kaiser has walked in your shoes and knows what works and what doesn’t. She and writer Judy Sklar Rasminsky have gathered a variety of research-based strategies into one practical, user-friendly package. Used in combination or alone, these techniques can help you to succeed with almost any child or situation you encounter.

Even though Challenging Behavior in Young Children is a textbook, the authors never forget the needs and interests of practicing teachers. This book will extend and update your knowledge base, remind you of tricks you’d forgotten, give you new insights, and reaffirm the importance of your role—as well as provide you with effective new ways to approach challenging behavior.

Challenging Behavior in Young Children can help you if:

  • You are teaching education.
  • You are studying to become a teacher.
  • You are teaching in an early childhood setting or an elementary school.
  • You are working with young children in another context, such as a recreation program or a social services agency.
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