Category Archives: Early Childhood

I Don’t Wanna Go! Determining the Cause of School Avoidance

By Molly Breen About six weeks (or less) into the school year, the bloom is off the rose. That is to say, school is no longer novel, compelling, or inspiring, and some children begin to complain that they “hate school.” … Continue reading

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The Power of Play

By Michelle Salcedo, M.Ed., author of Uncover the Roots of Challenging Behavior: Create Responsive Environments Where Young Children Thrive Did you know that all mammals play? And scientists have identified play-like behaviors in other species as well, such as alligators … Continue reading

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Expanding Your Circles of Personal and Professional Support

By Sandra Heidemann, M.S., Beth Menninga, M.A.Ed., and Claire Chang, M.A., coauthors of Intentional Teaching in Early Childhood Ana had had a very long day. She sat down to write notes on a child’s behaviors that had troubled her. But … Continue reading

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Everyday Social-Emotional Learning

By Molly Breen Most of us know by now the myriad benefits of teaching social-emotional learning (SEL) as a foundation for, well, everything! If you aren’t familiar with SEL, it helps kids with decision-making, building friendships, feeling empathy, and understanding … Continue reading

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Invite Guests—Not Germs—to Your Home During the Holidays

By Elizabeth Verdick, author of Germs Are Not for Sharing Hurray, it’s the holiday season! Uh-oh, it’s also cold and flu season. Parties, travel, and gatherings are all part of holiday fun, but time spent with others during cold and … Continue reading

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