Difficult Behavior in Early Childhood: Positive Discipline for PreK-3 Classrooms and Beyond

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Corwin Press, Jun 29, 2006 - Education - 176 pages
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Increase your understanding of children to guide and shape behavior in positive ways! 

The author assists teachers in observing and understanding children so that they can respond appropriately to difficult behaviors, and enable children to make good behavioral choices for themselves. In an engaging, conversational tone, the book covers:

  • Reconciling the different behavioral expectations of families and schools
  • Applying timeout effectively
  • Motivating children immediately and powerfully
  • Establishing and following through with boundaries
  • Developing behavior incentive plans that work
  • Identifying early signs of depression, anxiety, grief, and special needs

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Chapter 1 Discipline in Classrooms Families and Society
Part II Time and Using Timeout
Understanding Childrens Sense of Time
Chapter 3 Three Common Uses of Timeout and Why They Fail to Work
Chapter 4 The Community Theory of Timeout That Works
Chapter 5 Applying Timeout Effectively
Part III Setting and Following Through With Boundaries
The Foundation for Growth and Change
Chapter 9 The Effective and Judicious Uses of Praise
Chapter 10 The Most Important Lesson of Choices
Key Issues and Effective Principles
Chapter 12 RewardsOnly Behavior Plans
Chapter 13 Connecting Goals to Motivating Rewards
Part V Recognizing and Responding to Specific Behaviors and Emotions
Helping Children With Deeper Issues
Now What?

Chapter 7 FollowThrough and Consistency
Part IV Punishment Praise and Rewards
Chapter 8 How and Why Punishment WorksAnd Doesnt Work

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About the author (2006)

Ronald Mah, an educator and licensed marriage and family therapist, has worked in early childhood education for 16 years. A credentialed elementary and secondary teacher, he is the author of Difficult Behavior in Early Childhood and The One-Minute Temper Tantrum Solution (2006 and 2008, Corwin Press). He wrote the Asian Pacific Islander Parent Education Support curriculum (DHS-San Francisco, 1996). Mah has DVDs on child development and behavior (Fixed Earth Films), and has been involved in community and high school mental health clinics, severe emotional disturbance, at-risk youth, welfare-to-work, and Head Start programs. A graduate college instructor and Board of Directors member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and of the California Kindergarten Association, Mah combines concepts, principles, and philosophy with practical techniques and guidelines for effective and productive results. Mah has a psychotherapy practice in San Leandro, California where he works with children, teens, adults, couples, and families.

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