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How to Handle Hard-to-Handle Preschoolers

How to Handle Hard-to-Handle Preschoolers
A Guide for Early Childhood Educators

February 2009 | 136 pages | Corwin
'All children will benefit from these activities; all they need is a good teacher's imagination!'ùLois Wachtel, CEO and PresidentCreative Beginning Steps Early Childhood Workshops'A fun and interesting read that is filled with helpful ideas to implement in the PreK classroom!'ùJill J. Simmons-Stemple, Preschool TeacherUpshur County Schools/Head Start, Buckhannon, WVDiscover the key to better management of children's challenging behaviors!This user-friendly resource provides early childhood educators with a comprehensive overview of the most common kinds of behavioral disorders and learning disabilities in children ages 2 to 5, with guidelines for meeting studentsÆ needs within an inclusive environment.This ready-to-go guide is packed with hundreds of easy-to-implement strategies, tips, and techniques for managing behavioral disordersùfrom ADHD to Tourette's syndrome. Each chapter covers one or more disorders and includes a wealth of checklists to help teachers succeed with and understand hard-to-handle children. The author illustrates ways to help young children learn how to:Develop the ability to regulate their own behavior Solve problemsReplace negative behaviors with positive onesHandle their emotions appropriately Succeed in the classroom and in everyday lifeHow to Handle Hard-to-Handle Preschoolers empowers teachers with the tools necessary for transforming a negative, disruptive classroom into a positive environment for learning.
List of Figures
Foreword by Marty Appelbaum
About the Author
1. How to Handle Children Who Are Disruptive
Skill One: How to Handle Tattling

Skill Two: How to Handle Complaining

Skill Three: How to Handle Constant Chatter

Skill Four: How to Handle Blurting Out

Skill Five: How to Handle Talking Back

Skill Six: How to Handle Power Struggles

Skill Seven: How to Handle Student Conflicts

2. How to Handle Children With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD Inattentive Type

ADHD Hyperactive-Impulsive Type

Both ADHD Inattentive and ADHD Hyperactive-Impulsive Types

3. How to Handle Children With Learning Disabilities
Strategies for Succeeding With Children With LD

A Concluding Story

4. How to Handle Anger and Oppositional Defiant Disorder
The Stages of Anger and Strategies for Each Stage

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

5. How to Handle Bullying
Recognizing Bullying

Strategies for Understanding and Handling Bullying

6. How to Handle Children With Bipolar Disorder
What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Strategies for Succeeding With Children With Bipolar Disorder

7. How to Handle Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Strategies for Succeeding With Children With ASD

8. How to Handle Children With Asperger Syndrome
Characteristics of Asperger Syndrome

Strategies for Succeeding With Children With AS

9. How to Handle Children With Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Characteristics of Tourette Syndrome (TS)

Characteristics of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Psychological Consequences of TS and OCD

Strategies for Succeeding With Children With TS and OCD


"The activities mentioned in this book are priceless and can easily be adapted to every classroom. All children will benefit from them; all they need is a good teacher’s imagination!"

Lois Wachtel, CEO and President
Creative Beginning Steps Early Childhood Workshops

"This book would be an asset to any teacher’s professional library. It offers in-depth descriptions of several conditions that affect behavior and offers excellent and varied strategies for assisting those students."

Pamela L. Opel, Science Curriculum Specialist
Gulfport School District, MS

“A fun and interesting read that is filled with helpful ideas to implement in the preK classroom!”

Jill J. Simmons-Stemple, Preschool Teacher
Upshur County Schools/Head Start, Buckhannon, WV

“This book is worthwhile for the new teacher or veteran of many years. With clear explanations of each problem area, as well as many personal stories from the author’s experiences, interesting strategies are offered for the teacher to use.”

Sandra Kraynok, Kindergarten Teacher
Rock Cave Elementary School, Rock Cave, WV

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Chapter 1

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ISBN: 9781412970037