Enter to Win Books for Reducing Challenging Behavior in Young Children

Enter to Win Books for Reducing Challenging Behavior in Young ChildrenThis month we’re thrilled to give away a copy of Michelle Salcedo’s new book, Uncover the Roots of Challenging Behavior, along with eight other books to help little ones learn how to calm down, share, get along with others, and more:

To Enter: Leave a comment below telling us about the challenging behavior you deal with most frequently.

For additional entries, leave a separate comment below for each of the following tasks that you complete:

Each comment counts as a separate entry—that’s four chances to win! Entries must be received by midnight, May 18, 2018.

The winner will be contacted via email on or around May 21, 2018, and will need to respond within 72 hours to claim his or her prize or another winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Winner must be a U.S. resident, 18 years of age or older.

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225 Responses to Enter to Win Books for Reducing Challenging Behavior in Young Children

  1. Velishia Clark says:

    The challenging behavior we deal with are children that have not so good home life and may not be getting the attention that they need at home, so they come to school and lash out with anger to their teachers and peers.

    • DENISE LOGAN says:

      I am a school psychologist in an early childhood center and this year I am being called in to consult on multiple children with non-compliant/defiant behaviors. Three of them also become aggressive when staff attempt to redirect them or gain cooperation.

  2. Jennifer Corish-White says:

    Hi-I am a school psychologist working in an urban school district in school with early childhood programs. These books would be a great added resource to enhance students skills in social emotional learning!!! Thank you!

  3. Tanya Hammond says:

    Following on Pinterest.

  4. Tanya Hammond says:

    Liked and following on Facebook.

  5. Tanya Hammond says:

    As an elementary school counselor, our most challenging behaviors are students who struggle with their emotions especially anger and anxiety.

  6. Tricia says:

    When a student gets upset when they don’t understand a concept and they start telling themselves they are dumb, stupid, etc.

  7. Mia Tatum says:

    Calming down and using positive coping skills!!!

  8. Ann Christiansen says:

    Following on Pinterest!

  9. Ann Christiansen says:

    Following on Twitter! @lilredcounselor

  10. Ann Christiansen says:

    Impulsivity, physical aggression, and lack of conflict resolution skills are the most challenging and common behaviors I work with.

  11. Ann Christiansen says:

    Liked on FB!

  12. Diana Shope says:

    Challenging behaviors that are currently the most challenging for us are when a child explodes with aggression towards others, especially another child. Throwing classroom items and lack of following the classroom/teacher requests and expectations are equally as important.

  13. Melanie says:

    I work with at-risk youth with emotional and behavioral issues. The goal is to help them develop social and emotional skills so they can return successfully to the public school setting. I see a lot of anger and anxiety in my population of students. Lacking the ability to successfully identify and express wants, needs and emotions in a appropriate manner is definitely something we work on daily. Self-regulation skills are also integrated in the daily structure.

  14. Bo says:

    The most challenging behaviors I deal with is lack of respect and thinking they can do whatever they want.

  15. Lynn MT says:

    I am an Early Childhood Special Education teacher working in a school with an urban population. Many of my students have autism and limited verbal communication abilities.Shrieking, hitting and biting are all common occurrences in my room.

  16. Lily Tsang says:

    As prek teacher assistant, my little ones have all kind of situation. Yes, their behavior can get in the way of learning to work together with other children. They are still young, we focus on their social and emotional learning, during center time is where they interact with each other is very important and how they treat each other while play in their center area. All those books definitely apply to us in the classroom. Their behavior can be very challenge at times.

  17. Lora Wareham says:

    The behaviour that I deal with on a regular basis is biting, hitting .

  18. Melissa Derby says:

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  20. Melissa Derby says:

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  21. Melissa Derby says:

    The challenging behaviors I deal with most are kids who have meltdowns or lash out because they are experiencing strong emotions and still need the skills to manage those feelings.

  22. Patricia Pryor says:

    Biggest one is impulse behavior, when children react negatively to situations and disrupt the flow of learning.

  23. Tracy says:

    Two challenging behaviors is too much talking and talking back.

  24. Courtney S says:

    A challenging behavior that I face quite regularly as a K-4 counselor is impulsivity. This presents in various ways, especially physically and verbally. I’m working hard to find the time to proactively teach some of these basic social skills to benefit our younger students for my success through elementary school, and these books would be most helpful. It’s difficult for many of the students struggling with impulsivity to take accountability and understand the perspective of others.

  25. Kirsten Kopp says:

    I have 2 students with a bad case of “I’m right, and everything and everyone else are wrong”
    When they don’t hear what they want to hear, they become violent. I hope they will learn new habits with our program.

  26. Shanita Mitchell says:

    I typically deal with students who have experienced multiple traumas, so I see a lot of physical and verbal aggression, disrespect to teachers and peers. Outbursts that involve screaming.

  27. Laura Filtness says:

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  28. Laura Filtness says:

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  29. Laura Filtness says:

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  30. Laura Filtness says:

    Oppositional defiance

  31. Shannon Porter says:

    These would be awesome to use in working with my students that have autism, adhd, ocd, rad, etc…

  32. Michelle Boutwell-Weber says:

    As a PBIS Coordinator for a large district of 17 schools preschool to twelfth grade, we see so many challenging behaviors. Inability to self-regulate emotions and cation become a result of defiance, destruction of property,attempts to harm self or others. Always looknig for resources for problem solving, executive functioning processes, and self regulation.

  33. Carol says:

    As a mentor for care teachers in infant/toddler environments, the most challenging behaviors I hear expressed by the care teachers of 1-3 years-old children is biting, shoving and hitting. Acknowledging children’s feelings and giving children the words and actions to express those feelings in a gentle way is typically a challenge in these classrooms. I believe story telling and reading is the best way to help children learn empathy, and support their social and emotional development. I suggest that the centers of work with receive your newsletter and purchase Free Spirit Publishing materials. Winning these materials would definitely help me in my work of helping them to support young children’s social and emotional development to lessen challenging behaviors in their child care settings.

  34. Adam Geisler says:

    The most challenging behavior that I encounter is off-task behavior, and non-acceptance of the consequence.

  35. Lesley Belanger says:

    We have found the most challenging behaviors are connected to the inability to self regulate. We have also seen an increase in re-activeness and defiance.

  36. Katie Resch says:

    Students unable to calm down after incidents

  37. Bobbi VanWrormer says:

    I have many challenging behaviors in my room but I suppose my most challenging behavior would be aggression. Many of my students have had multiple trauma times in their lives and just don’t know how to express their feelings.

  38. Carrie Knudsen says:

    Following on pinterest

  39. Sheila Vazquez says:

    My most challenging behavior, is agression, defiant behavior, and sensory processing. The biggest problem, is not having the resources to help students who are undiagnosed, so no IEP, but are showing signs of being in the spectrum. I also have students who steal, and bully other students. These are 4 and 5 year olds who talk like they are in Highschool. (Cussing), talking about killing cats….

  40. Sheila Vazquez says:

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  41. Sheila Vazquez says:

    I liked you on Facebook.

  42. Sheila Vazquez says:

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  43. Rachelle P says:

    I followed you on pinterest

  44. Rachelle P says:

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  45. Rachelle P says:

    I liked your page on Facebook!

  46. Rachelle P says:

    Right now, I’m dealing with biting and anger with my toddler.

  47. Barbara L Hughes, Ed.D. says:

    Challenging behaviors stem from many different causes. I frequently find students have a hard time knowing how to stop, quiet & calm, and think, before they take action. They don’t know how to verbally express themselves well nor regulate their energy, leading to challenging behaviors for themselves and others. They need help learning how to do this along with building self-awareness as they develop; what they think, what they emotionally feel, what clues their body gives them, and what their behaviors might be telling them. When their awareness grows then their ability to learn what they can do to help themselves make good choices grows too. Along the way they grow in their ability to step into someone else’s shoes and consider their perspective when making choices. We are their guides and supports on their journey while they struggle to grow, develop, and learn about themselves and the world around them. I hope we find the energy to help them from a place of grace and love.

  48. A challenge is helping adults to see the changes they need to make to support the child.

  49. Shashi DeHaan says:

    I am fortunate to coach some amazing teachers on the unique social emotional needs of young children. We often reflect of unmet needs of children who are experiencing distress, with symptoms of challenging behaviors. These books will help us further build up our toolboxes.

  50. Melanie Fitzgerald says:

    Followed on Pinterest. THANKS for all you do!!

  51. Melanie Fitzgerald says:

    Liked on Facebook!!!

  52. Melanie Fitzgerald says:

    The most common challenging behavior we deal with is noncompliance to school rules. That is why the learn and follow the rules book is so important to the work we do with students. The students we work with love the books and are able to relate them to their own young lives. We talk about the pictures and issues we have at school. Thank you for all you do in bringing these materials to students and staff. 🙂

  53. IRENE TEGRAR says:

    I deal with oppositional behavior.

  54. Annh says:

    The behaviors we see the most are issues with self regulation and defiance.

  55. I deal with a lot of defiant behaviors and students not treating others with respect.

  56. Erica Lynn Beller says:

    Following on Pinterest!

  57. Erica Lynn Beller says:

    Liked you on Facebook! 🙂

  58. Erica Lynn Beller says:

    The most challenging behaviors we deal with are defiance, inappropriate language and gang-like behavior. Our students come from a rough neighborhood where students often have to fend for themselves, so they emulate those same behaviors at school. Any sort of resources to help guide students to make smart decisions would be greatly appreciated!

  59. Kristin Hodge says:

    The challenging behaviors that are dealt with the most is defiance, not having self-regulation skills, and behaviors that go along with mental health needs from our learners.

  60. Eloise says:

    I think that sometimes the most challenging behavior that we who are Behavioral Consultants deal with is trying to help the adults in the child’s life (parents, teachers, etc) to change their approaches and reactions and become models of how to handle elevated emotions and use effective calm-down and problem-solving techniques so that the children can learn by not only hearing how the adults tell them to calm down, but also see calming- down in action.

  61. Amy Clark says:

    I find many students have a very hard time expressing wants and needs in positive ways.Working with many DLL students I find children struggle to get their needs met when they are not comfortable using words. This leads to both acting out and shutting down/withdrawing.

  62. Kristina says:

    As an elementary school counselor I see them all! The most common is self regulation issues that lead to peer conflict.

  63. Dawn Jackson says:

    I teach special education students with multiple disorders ranging from Autism, MOID,ADHD, and severe and profound. I see defiance, bullying, disrespect. These books would pair well with character education, as well as life skills.

  64. Lorene Pope says:

    I see teachers in the classroom that have children who are a challenge everyday. I would love to win CD these books for our school. Thanks!

  65. We deal with challenging behaviors like defiance and tantrums.

  66. Denise A Logan says:

    As a school psychologist in an Early Learning Center, I am increasingly seeing children come to preschool ill-equipped with the social skills needed to function successfully as part of the classroom. They do not take direction well from adults, often defying what they are asked to do, engage in mostly constructive play and very little imaginary play, and do not know how to share or negotiate with peers. We are seeing more noncompliance, aggressive behaviors – towards staff and peers, as well as less creativity and knowing how to keep themselves occupied.

  67. Nydia M. Calderon Flores says:

    I have some challenging like Social Emotional and Defiance.

  68. Cleo J says:

    Many of the challenges that we encounter are age appropriate and include impulsivity, self-regulation, the need for immediate gratification, appropriately accepting redirections or “no” as an answer and transitions. Our children are young and just learning how to verbalize to appropriately “bargain” or accept alternatives to requests/demands. I must also add that parenting styles can be challenging as there are different expectations and levels of support from parents while children are actively engaging in story-time or other library sponsored events.

  69. Alesia Walters says:

    I deal with defiance, hitting and tantrums with y kifs

  70. Heather Robertson says:

    As a school social worker in an urban city I often run into my students being disrespectful, non-compliant and defiant, which they display towards staff, teachers and one another. Strangely enough, I see it at all grade levels ranging from preschool through 8th grade. (I’m guessing if I worked in the high school, I’d see it there, as well.) My teachers are frustrated and have few resources (or patience) to deal with the constant barrage of disrespect they feel they have to endure on a daily basis. I know our students deal with quite a bit of trauma in their lives and they come to school where they get love and attention, as well as safety, but they are often unable to regulate their emotions in a healthy manner. I feel it is so urgent to address the social/emotional piece of the child and to help them learn these necessary skills, which will benefit them throughout their lives. If we are able to be more informed about trauma in the classroom, we can begin to assist children with the tools necessary to regulate their emotions and express themselves in a positive, healthy manner. The resources above (offered in this contest) seem like great tools for us as professionals to assist our students who are struggling to regulate their emotions and behavior.

  71. Danielle Indri says:

    The most challenging behavior I see is defiance. Some children do not express themselves appropriately and instead refuse to listen to their teacher or other adults in the school.

  72. Margaret Karpsu says:

    We see problems of disrespect and impulsivity that leads to behavior issues. We also have a big problem with responsibility. Thank you.

  73. Elizabeth Morse says:

    Our teachers see different kinds of challenging behaviors, and seem to be seeing more and more of them.

  74. Barbara Daly says:

    In the field of early childhood education we are challenged by an array of developmental, environmental, physical, social/emotional and/or any combination of causes for challenging behaviors. Understanding the premise behind the behavior, being able to interpret the signs to pre-empt the behavior, and modeling and scripting appropriate language, both physical and verbal, so a child may begin to have the tools to express themselves safely, are a challenge adults working wih young children face daily. Rather than concentrate on the behavior, I believe the challenge is in educating and supporting the adults working with young children. Disregulation is communication, however inappropriate. Informed and educated adults with knowledge and skills can provide children with a tool box of appropriate actions instead of reactions. Offering books adults and children can share, discuss, and refer to are a wonderful way to begin this conversation.

  75. Meredith Peters says:

    I’ve been teaching 5th and 6th grade for the last several years, but I will be teaching kindergarten and 1st grade next year. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! I’d like to be as prepared as possible going into this, and these books could be a great resource!

  76. Christine Evans says:

    The most challenging problems this year have been impulse control and personal space

  77. I have a child that screams whenever they don’t like something (standing in line, sharing, etc.) and will then scream about everything for the next two hours.

  78. Susan Wilson says:

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  81. Stacy says:

    I have several friends in my class who have a difficult time handling their emotions, especially anger. I have several friends that throw temper tantrums when things do not go their way. I have a friend who is “stuck” and inflexible. This student has his plan as what should happen and when things don’t go according to the plan, the child has a difficult time handling his emotions. I have a few students with impulse control, sensory and processing deficits.

    I agree with the above comment about students lacking respect for teachers and others. It is sad to see that this is no longer valued by society.

  82. Jami Imhof says:

    I’ve worked with many challenging behaviors in the past in various settings, but currently the most challenging is dealing with impulsive touching. I have a student that often will poke peers in the classroom and he struggles with understanding personal space.

  83. Catherine Bergman says:

    We are constantly helping children share or take turns. Its understandable with 2-year-olds, but can get old fast with the 4-year-olds. We are trying to teach them to solve problems on their own, but it takes time and patience!

  84. Dana DiCamillo says:

    The most challenging behaviors that I see stem from a lack of communication skills. Kids not knowing how to appropriately communicate their needs so they act out.

  85. Dana DiCamillo says:

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  86. Amy B Johnson says:

    I would have to say the most challenging behaviors I see are explosive anger that manifests itself in tantrums, screaming, hitting, kicking, etc; impulsiveness and anxiety.

  87. Joy M Butler says:

    No consequences at home resulting in negative behaviors at school.

  88. Debbie Holden says:

    The challenging behavior in our school is students who are living in poverty. They need Social Emotional learning skills. Their behavior is triggered by parents getting arrested to losing their parents and having to be placed in foster care or to be raised with another family member. Unfortunately, they also deal with language barriers coming from other Latino countries and need help coping with limited language and support. The behavior displayed is anger, cursing when frustrated, hitting others showing lack of physical control. We as a faculty, want to do more and we feel that having literature that students can relate to will help them understand the coping skills and the need to know that they are not alone and help is available.

  89. Jade Garcia says:

    The challenging behaviors I encounter most frequently are defiance, bullying, hitting others, lying, and assignment/homework refusal. Additionally I continually work with students, teachers, and families to address social/emotional learning such as how to build positive relationships with family and friends and issues of self esteem and anxiousness.

  90. Nicole says:

    The challenging behavior I see most often as an early childhood educator is with “sharing”. Often, parents have “expectations” that require their children to “share” with older siblings. We work with parents and children to help establish age appropriate behavioral expectations, positive redirection strategies, and understanding.

  91. Lisa Allan says:

    The challenging behaviors I deal with on a daily basis are, hitting others because the child wants what the other child has, not listening, and some doing exactly what I’ve just asked them to stop doing.

  92. Terri Whittemore says:

    Defiantly defiance! Aggressive behavior as well, trouble sharing, I have a lot of “mine!”‘s.

  93. Elana B Shinkle says:

    Hello, I encounter resistance to participation in teletherapy sessions by some younger students.

  94. Ariella says:

    Children refusing to let other classmates play with them.

  95. Mom to Many says:

    The most challenging behavior comes from students who are aggressive and will often hit, kick, pinch, or bite themselves or others when not wanting to follow directions.

  96. Audrey Hernandez says:

    I teach Pre-K and this year I seem to have a few children with anger issues and some with repetitive or copying behaviors.
    I like to model how to deal with posible behaviors before they happen. I have a few and simple rules to follow in the classroom, we discuss them, we rehearse them and we model them. I also like the children to talk to each other about what may be happening, saying I’m sorry without understanding what they did does not have any meaning to me. I encourage the students to talk to each other and then to find possible solutions. I encourage breathing exercises to calm down, the use of “level one “ voices and caring for each other. The techniques usually work pretty good but sometimes it seems to me that some children need more than that and I would like to have new tools to use in my classroom

  97. Tina Benton says:

    The challenging behavior I deal most with is defiance. I know this behavior has a root cause, but it sure comes across as rude!

  98. Amanda Salkeld says:

    The most challenging behaviors I see as a result of trauma: defiance, negative seeking attention, unsafe behaviors, non-compliance, and some oppositional defiance.

  99. RachB says:

    I would say getting the attention of the whole group when want to speak

  100. Kimberly Kinnaird says:

    Our most challenging problems stem from impulsive behavior.

  101. Lucie Crowder says:

    I work with multi culural children in poverty and often they are so traumatized from their daily exposure to poverty, drugs, immigration that behaviors come out when least expected. Would appreciate more resources to help them

  102. Tricia says:

    Would love these resources!

  103. Cara Lutes says:

    Students with trauma being triggered.

  104. Margie Hill says:

    Would love to have these resources.

  105. Kathie says:

    Defiance or “Why do I have to?” is the most common challenging behavior in our school.

  106. Jenny Sexton says:

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  107. Jenny Sexton says:

    I deal with children with anger problems and children that need help with social skills. Being able to help them to calm down and work with others will be wonderful so will be able to be successful in school.

  108. Tena Splettstoeszer says:

    Listening to directions!

  109. Denise Music says:

    The most challenging behavior we deal with includes hitting, kicking, yelling, biting and falling out in the floor with the age group of 3-5 year olds. Often, there are different issues causing the behaviors. We try different techniques to combat the negative behaviors.

  110. Debbie says:

    I followed you on Facebook and Pinterest. My most challenging behavior this year is from a preschool girl who has trouble controlling the volume of her play.

  111. I am a coach for Parent Aware. I work with childcare providers to get a star rating through parent aware. The providers that i work with all have similar behavioral issues that they are dealing with. My top most complaints are about toddlers. This is my favorite age group to work with, their minds are just so busy. With this age group I hear a lot about biting, hitting and taking toys away from other children. I recommend the board book Teeth Are Not For Biting to all the programs that I work with. Giving children what behaviors you would like to see them do is a lot more beneficial for the children than just telling them what you don’t want them to do. This book talks about what is more appropriate to do with your teeth than biting your friends.

  112. Cindy Singer says:

    We have two preschoolers classrooms and a daycare, the most challenging behaviour for me is defiance – when a child or children openly say they are not going to follow your transition expectations and then laugh and run away to hid.

  113. cheryl rogers says:

    I am a Director of a Child Care Program in NJ – our program serves children from 6 weeks – 5 years old. One of the most challenging behaviors we deal with is biting. We have more toddlers (18 mos – 2 years) in our program. This behavior is challenging for both families the “biter” and the “injured” child. These books look great and would be a great resource to educate our parents!

  114. PAT NOBLES says:

    The challenging behavior we deal with most frequently is defiance. Trying to teach them how to address their emotions is harder at age 3 and we serve 3-5 year olds.

  115. charlotte Sparks says:

    All these books look amazing! We could definitely use them in our Infant/Toddler rooms!!

  116. Andrea Wasserman says:

    I see children with a wide range of challenging behaviors everyday! The most challenging is not taking responsibility for their own behavior. Another one is not telling the truth even though we have the behavior on a camera . I am seeing more children refusing to do work and talking back to the teachers. I work in a K-4 building and it is very discouraging to see the lack of respect these children have towards adults, their peers, other people’s property, and the essential agreements of the school.

  117. melissa olearchick says:

    Defiance, talking back, inappropriate language, hurting hands – physical aggression, blurting out – disruptive behaviors, lack of parental support, etc. are the most behavior challenges I encounter at school.

  118. melissa olearchick says:

    Great resource for classroom management, social skills, student-learning, and building positive relationships!

  119. Linda Ball says:

    One of the challenges I face often is when talking with children about ways to cope with their anger, they will reply,”I can’t help it. My Mom told me I’ve got anger issues.” They feel that statement absolves them of any accountability for their actions.

  120. Laura says:

    I am an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant so I see quite a range of challenging behavior. One of the hardest challenging behaviors I find is the risky, unsafe behavior when children put themselves in harms way, like running into the street or a parking lot with buses.

  121. Sharon D Newsom says:

    Defiance- at the prek stage asserting their independence key problem

  122. Lynn Kapp says:

    A child bothering other children to get attention

    • Lynne Eriksen says:

      We work with a lot of children who have and are still experiencing trauma and stressful lives. Consequently, we see lots of angry children with negative attention seeking behaviors. That is how they have learned to get attention and that can be a big challenge to turn around, especially if you have 5 or 6 other children to deal with, but each one of those children are worth the effort!

  123. Jennifer Smith says:

    Being able to not lie is a problem for some of my kids. The idea of what is the truth is not a clear idea for some.

  124. Jennifer Smith says:

    Often self control is a big challenge for some of my students.

  125. Jennifer Smith says:

    I work with many students who have interrupted schooling or have immigrated recently due to difficult circumstances in the country of origin. These students often having difficulty focusing and following the classroom procedures.

  126. Barbara L. Moss says:

    I work with foster children who are often very angry and defiant.

  127. Emma Shackleton says:

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  128. Emma Shackleton says:

    I am a therapist working with children so I encounter a variety of challenging behaviors. Books are one of my favorite resources to use with kids! I also run a group with 3-5 year olds to work on emotion recognition, coping skills, social skills, making friends, etc. that I use books with.

  129. Jennifer Smith says:

    I find that being motivated to participate in school is a big problem for many of my students.

  130. Taylor Jones says:

    In the preschool I work in, I deal with children who have been exposed to trauma and have a great deal of challenging behaviors. I see a lot of anger and aggression (i.e. pushing, hitting, chocking, kicking, spitting, etc).

  131. Laurie Nadeau says:

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  132. Laurie Nadeau says:

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  133. Donna Fisher says:

    The behaviors I work with most often is not sharing and how to express needs.

  134. Laura Fox says:

    Following you on pinterest! Great resources!

  135. Alise Damschroder says:

    The most challenging behavior is when kids are not used to having demands placed on them so it becomes a power struggle to complete the simplest of tasks.

  136. Laurie Nadeau says:

    The most challenging behavior we deal with is self-regulation or a lack there of.

  137. Karyn Essex says:

    I have many students that do not know how to express their feeling and emotions with words.

  138. eleanorsmummum says:

    The most challenging behavior I see is fighting in the car. This behavior is dangerous, and parents need to find ways to redirect children who get involved in it.

  139. Sophia Warren says:

    The challenging behavior I experience is sharing and taking turns.

  140. Jocelyn Levin says:

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  141. Jocelyn Levin says:

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  142. Jocelyn Levin says:

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  143. Liberty Breen says:

    My most challenging behavior is the behavior that children exhibit when they are experiencing trauma outside of the school environment. Children either respond by shutting down, getting angry or being anxious.

  144. Jocelyn Levin says:

    Most Challenging Behavior at the moment is littles who have a hard time taking turns during storytime activities at my public library.

  145. Su Banks says:

    The most challenging behavior I deal with most frequently are students who have difficulty expressing anger, frustration, or disappointment with words. They often lash out physically or verbally intended to hurt others.

  146. Jennifer Gajeski says:

    The behavior I deal with most is noncompliance. I work with students in setting lll programs, and I just want to help them reach their potential. And for everyone to see how special and wonderful these students are.

  147. Laura Fox says:

    The behavior I am dealing with most lately is apologizing. Kids say, “I’m sorry” and think they get off the hook. They don’t think about how the other person feels. Having a visual and a guide for making a sincere apology with thought behind it would be a great teaching tool and resource to have in the classroom.

  148. Joe Quinlan says:

    The most challenging behavior we deal with is students not following directions and not doing their homework, then when confronted about it, the students get defensive and talk back to the teachers.

  149. MamaSue Graham says:

    Thanks for this great offer! I would spread this love to many international places!

  150. Janyll Tucker says:

    The behavior we deal with the most is definitely ANGER. After working in education for 28 years I have seen a rise in children dealing with anger issues. Even more over the past 5+ years! I NEED Uncover the Roots!!!!!!

  151. Sharon T. D'Amore says:

    Children unable to grasp the idea of sharing which results into a meltdown of disappointment

  152. Michelle K says:

    I have a biter that i do not know what to do. I am a social emotional coach at a daycare I work with 1-3 yr olds. I have had this position since Aug of 2017. Biting is my biggest issue

  153. Becky says:

    throwing fits-crossing arms and sticking out their tongue, defiance definitely. .

  154. Jane says:

    The most challenging behavior is self-regulation.

  155. Kathleen Nesheiwat says:

    The students I work with deal mostly with childhood anxiety, worry and OCD.

  156. Kelley Miller says:

    One of the challenging behaviors that we deal with frequently is biting. Before children have the ability to express themselves with words, they often get frustrated and bite. Although it is developmentally appropriate, it is difficult to deal with in the child care setting.

  157. Cara Wegrzyn says:

    And following on Pinterest 🙂

  158. I would say my biggest issue with young children is that most do not have manners, are impolite and demand things from me. When they are rejected, they go to someone else or do it anyway.

  159. Tawnya Akins says:

    Following on Facebook

  160. Cara Wegrzyn says:

    Also followed on Twitter

  161. Tawnya Akins says:

    The most challenging behavior we have had this year is screaming, hitting, kicking, spitting,(teachers and peers) and flipping over tables/destroying the classroom.

  162. Kayla Luce says:

    Post shared and account followed on Pinterest.

  163. Kayla Luce says:

    The most difficult behavior I’ve found is when a child completely ignores instruction and direction and continues in their behavior as if nothing has happened.

  164. Cara Wegrzyn says:

    Arguing/ talking back is a problem we face too frequently.

  165. melissa richmond says:

    The most difficult behavior we face is defiance, especially in elementary and middle school students who shut down and verbalize their defiance towards teachers.

  166. Juanita J. Rodriguez says:

    The most challenging behavior is dealing with children who have tamtrumscwhen they do not get what they want starting from infancy.

  167. ED Rumble says:

    I’ve likes free spirit publishing on Facebook

  168. Emily Koester says:

    I am an Early Childhood Mental Health consultant. The most common problem I deal with is kids who have difficulty handling it when things do not go the way they want them to. In other words, dealing with disappointment.

  169. ED Rumble says:

    Following on pinterest

  170. ED Rumble says:

    As a Prek social worker the behavior I deal with most frequently is hitting — particularly for children who are still developing their language skills.

  171. Stacey says:

    Dealing with behaviours to try and get attention. Hitting, Kicking, spitting, etc.

  172. This would be so helpful in handling challenging behavior. Right now I’m dealing with a rebellious one that has her own system of right and wrong. Thank you for having such a wonderful giveaway!

  173. Melissa Swank says:

    Our most frequent challenging behavior is sudden outbursts of hitting, kicking, etc.

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  175. Sarah Renteria says:

    I pull small reading intervention groups all day – these students are the ones with over a year behind in reading. Since they are so low academically they then become a behavior problem for their teacher.

  176. Lori Adamson says:

    I follow Free Spirit Publishing on Pinterest.

  177. Lori Adamson says:

    I follow Free Spirit Publishing on Twitter.

  178. Tina Blanchard says:

    The most challenging behavior we are currently working towards resolving is a 5 year old girl who “hoards” materials to keep others from using them. She chooses the most frequently used items, and then collects them and surrounds herself with them. When her peers ask to use something their requests are denied. We are tried placing limits on the number of choices each student may have to combat this, but it seems her agenda is to see her peers upset that she has materials they want and she has the power to say no.

  179. Jessi Peterson says:

    The challenge we deal with most often at our library is not being able to share…which is the whole point of the library! Have followed on FB and on Pinterest for some time.

  180. Lori Adamson says:

    I like Free Spirit Publishing on facebook.

  181. Sheila Gonzales says:

    Behavior to seek attention get their own way-such as hitting teacher and students, throwing materials.

  182. Autumn Shaffer says:

    I follow on Pintrest

  183. Autumn Shaffer says:

    I liked you on FB

  184. Mindy Terr says:

    Following on Pintrest, too!

  185. Lori Adamson says:

    The challenging behavior I deal with most is not sharing or taking toys from someone else. Thank you for the giveaway!

  186. Autumn Shaffer says:

    The challenging behavior I deal with the most is extreme anger, such as yelling, hitting, or throwing.

  187. subrown2017 says:

    My daughter has an IEP for Emotional Disorder that stems from anxiety and OCD. I am a single mom trying to help my daughter with socialization and dealing with her ED in a high pressure school.

  188. fallsha says:

    I deal with anxiety the most. My daughter has a lot of big emotions in her tiny little body.

  189. Kim says:

    I would say the most challenging behavior in our school as a whole is disrespect/defiance towards both peers and staff. Other behaviors that are concerns are stealing, lying, tattling, truancy, and the newest one is racism towards our Hispanic population.

  190. Mindy Terr says:

    Have Liked you on Facebook for a while!

  191. Carrie Niehaus says:

    Some challenging behaviors I deal with include lying and being defiant.

  192. Barbara Bezmenova says:

    I work with parents who deal with challenging behaviors of their children. Temper tantrum is a frequent complain. We also usually talk about sharing and taking turns.

  193. Debbie Collins says:

    I am an inclusion specialist dealing with child care providers and the children and families experiencing challenging behaviors and trauma.

  194. Mindy Terr says:

    The behavior that most impacts learning in our library is students who only have two modes of communication- non compliance, and loud tears when corrected. We would love some new resources!

  195. Lauren Krupa says:

    A big problem in kindergarten is impulse control and personal space. All year throughout my guidance lessons I am teaching and reminding about personal space and self control

  196. Julie A. says:

    Followed on Pinterest!

  197. Julie A. says:

    Followed on Facebook!

  198. Julie A. says:

    Followed on Twitter!

  199. Susan Werner says:

    I am a school social worker and I think the thing I deal with the most seems to be defiance. I am always happy to have new ideas and strategies!

    I have liked on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

  200. Julie A. says:

    I am a school counselor at two elementary sites, so the behavior I see is often difficult and hard to structure. I am at one site three days and another site two days. I do my very best to make sure the structure stays the same, but the behavior is more like defiant, anxious, boredom, or curiosity and understanding what to do with those feelings in the classroom or any other group setting. These kiddos need empathy and something to relate to while understanding that they are not alone. I appreciate this contest and would love to have the opportunity to learn more about how I can help my students. As our district just brought counselors back just three years ago, we have not been able to gather the appropriate resources together, but more on our own. I would really like to setup our counselors with the tools they need to succeed!

  201. Wanda Quigg says:

    I’ve been teaching for over 20 years and I’m finding that there is an increase of lack of respect for others. This leads to the defiance, rudeness, hitting, etc.

  202. We have children with every sort of defiant behavior as well as those who hit, punch and throw things. The hardest ones are the ones who we can’t find help for or parents won’t work with us.

  203. Lauren Krupa says:

    The challenging behavior we deal with most often is problems with transitioning between activities. I am a kindergarten school counselor and over the past 8 years we have more and more behavior issues in our general education population

  204. Meg Hoehn says:

    The challenging behavior I most often encounter is incessant talking during instruction.

  205. SC says:

    The most challenging behavior we face is defiance and rigidity. I think this book is going to be tremendously helpful . Thank you!

  206. Cher Jackson says:

    These books look awesome, the behavior we deal with most frequently and with a few children is defiance.

  207. Michelle says:

    In the younger children the challenging behaviors are biting and hitting. For the older children it has been defiance, not wanting to follow rules and taking responsibility for actions.

  208. Monica Neri-Hamer says:

    Disrespect toward each other, the teacher, and the “school” has been a challenge for me. I regularly schedule activities for the students to look for the “good” in all three of these areas.

  209. Jill Lyons says:

    I’m following your Pintrest boards! Can’t wait for some great new ideas!

  210. Ashley says:

    I’m a school social worker at a school for children with emotional and behavioral disabilities. I deal with a lot of challenging behaviors on a daily basis (physical aggression, elopement, class disruption) with most of it stemming from trauma. Staff sometimes forget that just because it looks like these students are choosing a behavior, doesn’t mean they’re choosing to be “bad” (it means they don’t know what else to choose)! I would LOVE more resources to help my kids learn that feelings are okay and that there are other ways to deal with the feelings they have.

  211. Jill Lyons says:

    I liked you on Facebook!

  212. Jill Lyons says:

    The most challenging behavior for me is outright defiance and kids that run away (or around) the room.

  213. barbaraltg says:

    I find that stealing is the most challenging behaviour as it is often outside of the child’s consciousness as to why they are doing it and is therefore very difficult to change.

  214. Barbara Dawn Bishop says:

    Stealing! I find this the most challenging behaviour to deal with as it is often out of a child’s consciousness as to why they are doing it. Therefore, it seems very hard to change!

  215. Madison Sierer says:

    One challenge I deal with most often is stealing and lying. Just overall, being defiant. I do a lot with these kiddos, but sometimes I don’t think it’s enough. More resources would be amazing, for myself, parents, staff, etc.!

  216. Lisa M Detrych says:

    I am a school social worker who services 2 elementary schools grades K-5th. The most challenging behaviors I deal with is students who are Oppositionally Defiant and ADHD co-morbid dual diagnosed. These students needs good affective resources to work alongside support staff to deal with their underlying feelings and issues and come up with appropriate strategies to cope and be successful in their school settings. These resources would be well utilized and shared with other staff members as well, since resources financially are not available to order new tools to work with our children.

  217. Tom Beauchamp says:

    I have a few students who raise their voice during class thus creating a situation where others have to speak louder to be heard.

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  219. Lucy Kincaid says:

    I appreciate the contest Free Spirit is running.
    I would say the most challenging behavior I have had this year is the disrespect that
    students have shown to our teachers and to each other.
    It is not just a few students as in the past, we have seen a
    growth in students resisting to do what is asked of them in order for them to be
    successful in their school work, in social situations and life in general.
    In my opinion, this is one facet of children growing up in our society that needs to be
    Rude and disrespectful children become rude and disrespectful adults unless there is positive
    intervention and behavior modification to change their past behaviors.
    It can be accomplished, teachers need to be empathetic to what various issues students
    are experiencing but also guide them in the right direction and teach them that
    “respect” is a very important aspect of their student life that needs to be incorporated
    in their personalities–teachers will respect students at a greater rate if they are also
    Thank you for the opportunity for entering your contest.

  220. Prestene Victoria Rowland says:

    In the library, the challenging behavior that I usually deal with is getting the students quietly settled on the carpet for story time. Often times they are coming from the playground or another enrichment activity full of excess energy. I wait until all are seated and then we play a quick game of Simon Says.

  221. Nini Engel says:

    These look like great resources!


    The challenging behavior we deal with most frequently is defiance. We have very young students who don’t express themselves with words, but with angry actions.

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