An Effective Guidance Approach For Challenging Behaviors
In the article that’s part of the Exchange Essentials article collection, “Children with Challenging Behavior," Mary Louise Hemmeter offers the following philosophy statements:
- Children are in the process of learning acceptable behavior.
- An effective guidance approach is preventative because it respects feelings while addressing behavior.
- Adults seek to understand reasons for children's behavior.
- A supportive relationship between an adult and a child is the most critical component of effective guidance.
- Adults use forms of guidance and group management that help children learn self-control and responsiveness to the needs of others.
- Adults model appropriate expressions of their feelings.
- Adults make needed adjustments to a child's environment or schedule to meet his or her needs.
The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now.
– Oprah Winfrey