Preventing Challenging Behaviors

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Challenging behavior is best described as in-appropriate manner of a child. Some examples of these behaviors include miss-behaving, pushing, pinching, distracting others, screaming, etc. Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The single best way to address challenging behaviours in young children today is to take steps to make sure that they never occur. While there is no universal solution for preventing challenging behaviors, there are several strategies an educator can apply. These strategies include, communicating with parents, arranging of the classroom environment, building positive relationship with students and implementing rules and routines. In order to prevent challenging behaviors, an educator must document and observe children’s behavior. Educators should communicate rules, consequences and incentives to the parents. Sending home notes, making phone calls, preparing articles in the newsletter could be some of the ways educator can communicate a child’s behavior to the parents. Regular feedback regarding a child’s behavior is also important to keep the parents aware. At my practicum site, I observed that the teacher communicates with the parent on a regular basis. Part of this conversation includes recommendations for parents to guide their children in changing their behaviors with a positive attitude. When talking to the parents, it is important to be brief, clear and concise when describing a behavior issue. The educators must be polite, positive and focus on fixing the problem and should not blame the parent for a child’s behavior. Designing effective classroom environments includes arranging the classroom to ensure visual monitoring of children, arranging activity centers to support children’s appropriate behaviors, facilitating smooth transitions among activities, and arranging materials in the

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