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What To Do When: Practical Guidance Strategies for Challenging Behaviors in the Preschool 6th Edition

Eva Essa, Ph.D.

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2003, 1999, 1995
  • 527 Pages


What To Do When: Practical Guidance Strategies for Challenging Behaviors in Preschool, 6E is a text intended to help teachers work effectively with young children whose behaviors are challenging. It begins with a series of chapters that provide developmentally appropriate guidelines for working with challenging behaviors. Included is discussion of a range of guidance techniques and their theoretical underpinnings; consideration of why children misbehave; exploration of effective preventive techniques through setting up an inviting and supportive environment; discussion of children with special needs; and a focus on the importance of working with parents. These fundamental chapters are followed by nearly 40 other chapters that present very specific guidelines for handling a range of common behavioral concerns. Some examples of these concerns include hitting, biting, name-calling, non-participation in activities, non-compliance, disruptive behaviors, pant-wetting, and overeating. Each chapter presents a step-by-step approach to changing such behaviors to more socially appropriate ones. Now included is a CD-ROM that contains additional resources including guidelines for careful observation and record keeping, scenarios for use in practicing applying the techniques presented in the book, and a listing of books, articles, and web sites for further study. Students will appreciate the new features and benefits included in this tried-and-true text.

Eva Essa, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada

Eva L. Essa is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she has been on the faculty since 1971. The author of several books, Ms. Essa has been engaged in writing and research, published in various professional journals, and has been involved with the National Child Development Associate Program since its inception.
  • New title, while reflective of the original, better illustrates the contents of the text
  • Considers updated information on the �time-out� strategy
  • The new CD-ROM includes expanded practice examples for students
  • Includes expanded information about working with families as well as children with special needs
  • Provides practical, usable strategies
  • Strategies are presented in a way that is respectful of children and exemplifies developmentally appropriate practice
  • The format of the book makes it a handy reference guide for a range of behavioral concerns
  • The chapters of the book cover a wide range of common behavior concerns that teachers of young children are likely to experience during their careers
Section 1: Overview
Chapter 1: Introduction: How to Use this Book
Chapter 2: Setting a Positive Environment to Encourage Appropriate Behavior
Chapter 3: Why Children Exhibit Challenging Behaviors
Chapter 4: Children with Disabilities
Chapter 5: Techniques for Dealing with Challenging Behaviors
Chapter 6: Working with Families
Section 2: Aggressive and Antisocial Behaviors
Chapter 7: Hitting
Chapter 8: Biting
Chapter 9: Throwing Objects at Others
Chapter 10: Hurting Others
Chapter 11: Using Inappropriate Language
Chapter 12: Name-Calling
Chapter 13: Nonsharing
Chapter 14: Bribery
Chapter 15: Stealing
Chapter 16: Noncompliance
Your Turn: Aggressive & Antisocial Behaviors
Section 3: Disruptive Behaviors
Chapter 17: Disrupting Group Time
Chapter 18: Leaving the Classroom
Chapter 19: Running Aimlessly Around the Classroom
Chapter 20: Shouting in the Classroom
Chapter 21: Dropping Objects to Create Noise
Your Turn: Disruptive Behaviors
Section 4: Destructive Behaviors
Chapter 22: Tearing Books
Chapter 23: Breaking Toys
Chapter 24: Flushing Objects Down the Toilet
Chapter 25: Wasting Paper
Chapter 26: Destroying the Work of Others
Your Turn: Destructive Behaviors
Section 5: Emotional and Dependent Behaviors
Chapter 27: Crying
Chapter 28: Throwing Tantrums
Chapter 29: Pouting
Chapter 30: Baby Talk
Chapter 31: Thumb-Sucking
Chapter 32: Pant-Wetting
Chapter 33: Clinging
Chapter 34: Seeking Attention
Chapter 35: Whining
Chapter 36: Self-Stimulation
Your Turn: Emotional & Dependent Behaviors
Section 6: Participation in Social and School Activities
Chapter 37: Nonparticipation in Activities
Chapter 38: Nonparticipation in Social Play
Chapter 39: Shyness at Group Time
Chapter 40: Playing with Only One Toy
Chapter 41: Infrequent Large Muscle Activity
Chapter 42: Infrequent Dramatic-Play Participation
Chapter 43: Talking Infrequently
Chapter 44: Short Attention Span
Your Turn: Participation in Social and School Activities
Section 7: Eating Behaviors
Chapter 45: Finicky Eating
Chapter 46: Overeating
Chapter 47: Messy Eating
Your Turn: Eating Behaviors
Section 8: Multiple Challenging Behaviors
Chapter 48: Children Who Present Multiple Challenges
Chapter 49: Some Final Thoughts