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Barbara Kaiser and Judy Rasminsky

What troubles teachers most?

Challenging behavior, according to Child Care Exchange. Now help is here: the fourth edition of Challenging Behavior in Young Children, winner of the Texty Award for textbook excellence.

The experts rave

“Kaiser and Rasminsky’s many notable changes and additions make an already great book even better. This fourth edition will be a useful tool for higher education faculty, administrators, and teachers. The authors have clearly articulated a framework that is designed to prevent challenging behavior by promoting social emotional competence. I believe that type of framework is necessary for meeting the needs of all children in early childhood settings.”

—Mary Louise Hemmeter, Vanderbilt University, Director, Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

“An invaluable guidebook ... Kaiser and Rasminsky provide an eminently readable foundation for teachers to understand, prevent, and respond effectively to challenging behavior in young children ... This book could not be more timely or more needed.”

—Sue Bredekamp, author of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs and Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education

“I’m very enthusiastic about this book. It’s interesting, reader-friendly, and has a solid research foundation. Best of all, the information is extremely useful.”

—Janet Gonzalez-Mena, author of Diversity in Early Care and Education and The Child in the Family and the Community

“A powerful resource for understanding and working in a caring and respectful way with the neediest children.”

—Diane Levin, Wheelock College, author of Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood


Challenging behavior can turn a classroom 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 (fourth edition) can save the day! Author Barbara Kaiser has walked in your shoes and knows what works and what doesn’t. Making use of her 30 years of experience as a child care director and teacher, Barbara and writer Judy Sklar Rasminsky have gathered a variety of research-based strategies into one comprehensive, practical, user-friendly survival guide.

Used in combination or alone, these techniques can help you to succeed with almost any child or situation you encounter and will benefit every child in the classroom. The fourth edition maintains the personal touch and real-life examples teachers have come to rely on.

An invaluable resource

Challenging Behavior in Young Children can help you if:

  • You are teaching education at a university or community college.
  • You are studying to become a teacher.
  • You are teaching in a preschool, a child care center, or an elementary school.
  • You are working with young children in another context, such as a recreation program, an after-school program, or a social services or nonprofit agency.

Why a fourth edition?

Because we know that teachers, children, and families continue to struggle with children’s challenging behavior, and like you, we continue to search for ways to understand and address it.

We can offer no magic fairy dust, no single theory or practice that will work for all teachers or all children. But we do offer you the latest research on resilience, dual-language learning, and guidance, along with several effective evidence-based strategies so that you can select those that suit who you are and what you believe in—as well as the child with challenging behavior in your own classroom. Every child has some kind of special need, especially children with challenging behavior. This book will help you to build a meaningful relationship with each child, figure out where he’s coming from, and help him to meet his needs more appropriately.

What’s new in this edition?

  • In the last few years we’ve learned much more about what toxic stress can do to children’s brains, executive function, and behavior, and that research has become our focus in this edition, along with the two strongest antidotes to stress: caring, responsive relationships and an inclusive social climate.

  • This text is available as an e-book which allows us to share videos that illuminate the facts, strategies, and research in each chapter and encourage you to think about the material in a more personal way.

  • We’ve written a completely new brain chapter that underlines the influence of toxic stress and includes new sections on executive function and genes.

  • We’ve updated the bullying chapter to highlight new research into the importance of the group, social climate, social norms, and bystanders. The chapter now also provides specific details about how to recognize and handle bullying incidents.

  • The chapter on resilience, which is also totally new, explains the latest theories and research, including grit and mindset (“growing the brain”).

  • The culture chapter includes the newest research on dual-language learning and culturally responsive teaching.

  • There are more strategies for connecting with children and families.

  • We’ve incorporated new information from the DSM-5 on autism, learning disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders and enlarged the sections on curriculum, the Common Core State Standards, and teaching strategies.

  • We’ve provided more strategies for self-reflection, including understanding the amygdala hijack; and we’ve substantially revised the reflective checklists on social climate, physical environment, routines and transitions, curriculum, and teaching strategies.

  • In addition, we’ve included several new figures and added learning goals for each chapter as well as “What do you know?” questions that align with these goals.

  • An updated 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.

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