Young children are notorious for having a vivid imagination. They see spaceships where adults see cardboard boxes, and dinosaurs where an adult sees the neighbor’s dog. A child’s imagination can be a wonderful thing.
But, when a child’s imagination fuels fears and worries about attending or participating in parts of a child care program, this creates big problems for parents who may be hesitant to separate from a child and even more problems for the child care provider who has to calm the fears of the child and the now worried parent.
In this presentation, participants will learn how to resolve common childhood fears and worries—and their associated behaviors—by seeing the problem from the child’s point of view.They’ll learn how to tailor their response to a child’s behavior by addressing the real reason why the child is showing the negative behavior in the first place—the child’s faulty perception—and resolve the behaviors with the method(s) that have the most possibility for success for that particular child.
After completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Describe the impact that a child’s perception has on the development of problems like separation anxiety, aggression, and defiance
- Describe how the child’s perception affects the quality of the relationship between the child care provider and the child, as well as the child care provider and the parent and family
- Identify a plan for problem-intervention that considers the child’s perspective and its impact on the problem
Presentation length is 2 hours and meets criteria for the Guidance and Behavior Management training category established by the South Dakota Division of Child Care Services.
A certificate of attendance is provided to each participant upon the completion of the presentation. Participants are responsible for tracking and submitting their own training hours to the appropriate regulatory agency.
If you provide child care in a state other than South Dakota, please contact me to learn how to receive approval for this training opportunity from you state’s child care licensing board.