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The Urgent and the Always: Intervening on Behavior Problems in Young Children

Special Education for Young Learners with Disabilities

ISBN: 978-1-78756-041-3, eISBN: 978-1-78756-040-6

ISSN: 0270-4013

Publication date: 7 January 2019

Abstract

This chapter reviews recent research regarding behavior interventions for young children. We first consider the implications of allowing maladaptive behavior to remain untreated in young children. The reasons that people may select for inaction are illustrated through a case example of an individual who manifested behavior problems that were allowed to continue through accommodations rather than being addressed through interventions. We then consider several examples of promising behavior interventions for very young children that can be carried out in home and preschool environments. Next, we review promising interventions that are appropriate for school-based settings. We conclude with the observation that while it is absolutely necessary to deal with urgent situations evoked by maladaptive behavior, it is critical to keep sight of the goal that we should always work to promote more mature, self-regulated, and acceptable behaviors across settings.

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Brigham, F.J., McKenna, J.W., Lavin, C.E., Koc, M., Watkins, L. and Brigham, M.M. (2019), "The Urgent and the Always: Intervening on Behavior Problems in Young Children", Special Education for Young Learners with Disabilities (Advances in Special Education, Vol. 34), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 39-53. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0270-401320190000034003

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