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 behavioural support for children with atypical development and describes how to foster effective relationships with parents whose children display challenging behaviours.
Dr Louise Porter powerfully argues that behaviour guidance is the most effective approach to working with young children and reflects the deepest values of early childhood education and care.
An adjunct senior lecturer at Flinders University, Dr Louise Porter is 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.