Written for Social-Emotional Development and Guidance courses in Early Childhood Education.
The accessible language and focus of this engaging book includes research, scenarios/examples, and pedagogy that support an intentional, reflective approach to guiding children’s social and emotional development.
The author writes from her unique perspective as a practicing clinical child psychologist and daily provider at a high-quality early care and education center to synthesise and offer the best ideas from recent child development research, practice recommendations from the mental health field, and model early childhood programs. Self-reflection as a process for the reader is emphasised throughout, showing readers, as they build confidence, how to use the concepts and strategies in their own professional practice when working with young children. Every chapter introduces information that helps readers to better understand children’s developing emotions and behaviour and works to challenge readers to tap into personal feelings, thoughts, and experiences. The text provides so much for the pre-practicing professional, including: complete and practical overviews of the key theories and research on social and emotional development; clear examples illustrating children and teachers in early childhood settings using effective and not-so-effective guidance strategies; and the tools necessary for understanding and responding effectively to what has become known as “challenging behaviour.”