Young Children's Behaviour

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Drawing on the latest research evidence, Young Children's Behaviour outlines the beliefs and values that underpin the guidance approach to managing the behaviors of children from birth to eight years of age. In contrast with rewards-and-punishment systems, guidance believes that children do not need incentives to behave well, but instead need skills. Rather than punishing them for lacking skills, guidance teaches young children self-regulation skills so that they can behave considerately. The author provides practical strategies that both meet children's needs and safeguard the rights of surrounding adults and children. These methods include listening, being assertive, giving positive instructions, solving problems collaboratively, and coaching children to self-regulate their emotions and impulses. The text also offers advice on responding to many common challenges including separation distress, meltdowns, aggression, and social withdrawal. Finally, the book suggests how educators can provide educational and behavioral support for children with atypical development and describes how to foster effective relationships with parents whose children display challenging behaviors. Dr Louise Porter powerfully argues that behavior guidance is the most effective approach to working with young children and reflects the deepest values of early childhood education and care.


Louise Porter is an adjunct senior lecturer at Flinders University and a child psychologist with 35 years' experience of working with children. A sought-after international speaker, she is also the author of many books, including A Comprehensive Guide to Classroom Management, Parental Guidance Recommended, and Gifted Young Children.