Vol 32 No 2 Supporting Children With Behavior And Emotional Challenges
The contributors to this issue of Zero to Three describe a range of services and supports to address challenging behavior and support early social and emotional competence.
Challenging behavior is an interesting concept because it means different things to different people and under different circumstances. Most often, caregivers are concerned about aggression, noncompliance, and temper tantrums. Issues around daily living, such as sleep, eating, and toileting, are also the focus of much time, energy, and worry during the early years. The role of temperament, both that of the child and the caregiver, has a huge impact on the relationship and how the adult perceives a child’s behavior. The complex nature of early development and social interaction guarantees that there will never be a “one size fits all” solution to the issues that perplex and worry parents and other caregivers. The contributors to this issue of Zero to Three describe a range of services and supports to address challenging behavior and support early social and emotional competence: A model of early childhood mental health consultation to reduce the rate of preschool expulsion; how child care professionals and parents can have useful conversations around sensitive behavioral issues; an approach to coaching early educators to prevent and manage challenging behavior in the classroom; a parent–infant play group to build parenting skills; the treatment of common sleep issues; and a program of support to strengthen military families when a parent returns from deployment. Also included is an additional feature article, both in English and in Spanish, about the Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors program that seeks to improve the school readiness outcomes of Latino children by strengthening the leadership and advocacy skills of parents.