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Little Kids, Big Worries: Stress-Busting Tips for Early Childhood Classrooms
Alice Honig
Brookes Publishing / Softcover / Oct 2009
9781598570618 (ISBN-10: 1598570617)
Education / Stress & Relaxation
price: $45.95 (may be subject to change)
184 pages
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Research shows that stress in the crucial early years of a child's life can pose dramatic, lasting challenges to development, learning, and behavior. This is the practical book early childhood professionals need to recognize stress in young children—and intervene with proven relief strategies before pressures turn into big problems.

Developed by celebrated early childhood expert Alice Sterling Honig, this guidebook helps readers address the most common causes of stress in a young child's life, including separation anxiety, bullying, jealousy, and family circumstances. Educators and childcare providers will

• understand key factors that influence a child's stress level, including attachment, temperament, developmental and learning challenges, health issues, and family pressures
• become a keen observer of the varied and sometimes subtle ways that children express stress
• choose from a wide range of stress-busting techniques—all innovative, time-tested, and clinically validated
• personalize stress-busters to meet the needs of individual children
• skillfully use stress-reducing strategies with groups of children from diverse backgrounds
• harness the power of storytelling to model solutions to problems and help children address negative feelings
• avoid burnout by handling the stresses in their own adult lives, from challenging interactions with parents to issues with co-workers

Memorable stories inspired by Dr. Honig's 30+ years of experience show readers how these stress-busters can make a real difference in children's lives, and the questions at the end of each chapter are ideal aids for self-study or professional development courses. Packed with down-to-earth, easy-to-use ideas, this empowering book gives professionals the tools they need to conquer stress in any early childhood setting—so children can develop the early social and academic skills they'll need to succeed in school.

Learn how to use these proven stress-busters:

making environmental adjustments
redirecting rather than reprimanding
supporting a child's self-soothing methods
teaching problem-solving strategies
taking the child's perspective
providing verbal reassurance
soothing through gentle physical contact
using open-ended questions to pinpoint a child's fears
and much more!
A featured book in our Better Behavior Kit!

See how this product helps strengthen Head Start program quality and school readiness.

About the Author:

Alice Sterling Honig, Ph.D., was Professor Emerita of Child Development at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Honig attended Cornell University, received her B.A. degree from Barnard College, her M.S. degree in experimental psychology from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in Developmental Psychology. For more than 40 years, Dr. Honig taught courses in child development; parenting; cross-cultural study of children and families; language and cognitive development; quality caregiving with infants and toddlers; theories of child development; research issues and problems in child development; child observation and measurement techniques; prosocial and moral development; an Erikson seminar; and exemplary child enrichment programs. Every spring, for over 33 years, Dr. Honig directed the National Quality Infant/Toddler Caregiving Workshop. She authored or edited more than two dozen books and 500 articles and chapters.

A special Early Childhood Lifetime Achievement Award was presented in 2004 to Dr. Honig by the Syracuse Association for the Education of Young Children. The New York State Association for the Education of Young Children in 2005 gave Dr. Honig its “Champion of Children Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Honig was honored in 2008 with the Central New York State Psychological Associationâ⬙s Annual award given: “In Recognition of Outstanding Lifetime Contribution and Service. For over a decade, Dr. Honig co-conducted workshops for The Onondaga County Mental Health Association to help parents with child custody issues. As a licensed New York State psychologist, she counseled parents and assessed childrenâ⬙s development. She was a contributing columnist for Scholastic Parent and Child, was North American Editor for the British journal Early Child Development and Care, and served on many editorial boards, including the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Child Development, and PsycCritiques.

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