Behavioral Interventions at Home and School
A young child is an emotional creature. Learn the connection between your preschooler’s emotions and his school success.
What You Need To Know
A child ready for school will exhibit social and emotional development. Research shows that kids who are emotionally well adjusted have a significantly greater chance of early school success.
Some say the current emphasis on children's academic preparedness continues to overshadow the importance of children's social and emotional development for school readiness
Here’s an overview of longitudinal research linking children’s emotional development to school readiness and early success.
- Over the past 20 years, research has demonstrated that children who have difficulty paying attention, following directions, getting along with others, and controlling negative emotions of anger and distress do less well in school
For many children, academic achievement in their first few years of schooling appears to be built on a firm foundation of children's emotional and social skills.
- Research suggest the relationships that children build with peers and teachers are based on children's ability to regulate emotions.
- Psychologists find that children who act in antisocial ways are less likely to be accepted by classmates and teachers.
How You Can Help
Interventions have been made at the family, child care, school, and clinical site levels to address these difficulties as children enter school. Here are a few of them.
- Using modeling, role play, and group discussion, teachers can devote relatively small amounts of class time to instruct children on how to identify and label feelings and how to appropriately communicate .
- One concern is the link between harsh parenting and children's manifestation of behavior problems has been found to hold true for White families but not African American families in some studies, suggesting that interventions must be placed in culturally grounded frameworks
"Multi-Pronged" Home/School Interventions for Children at Moderate Risk:”
- These programs address children's emotional and behavioral difficulties at home and in school. Although it’s more costly to run and targeted at fewer children, these programs are expected to pay off by reducing criminal offenses and school drop-outs.
High-Intensity Clinical Interventions for High-Risk Children:
- A small percentage of young children in poverty struggle with serious emotional and behavioral disturbance. A range of programs are designed to lower the risk of young children's development of serious problems in families.
Dealing with your child’s emotions is difficult. Experts say you should label and validate the feelings at hand. Deal with the bad behavior then problem solve.Here’s details on how to do in an article about emotion coaching from Education.com. (http://www.education.com/reference/article/important-parenting-practices/)
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