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Addressing Challenging Behaviors and Mental Health Issues in Early Childhood

1st Edition

By Mojdeh Bayat


230 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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A copublication with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Addressing Challenging Behaviors and Mental Health Issues in Early Childhood focuses on research-based strategies for educators to address challenging behaviors of children during early childhood and elementary school years. Utilizing research from the fields of neuroscience, child development, child psychiatry, counselling and applied behavior analysis, the author suggests simple strategies for teachers to manage behaviors and promote mental health and resilience in children with challenging behaviors.

Addressing Challenging Behaviors and Mental Health Issues in Early Childhood provides a framework for best practices which are empirically based and have been successfully utilized in the classroom. An appreciation of the deep understanding of culture as it affects curricular approaches, family engagement, and child growth and development is utilized throughout this comprehensive, multidisciplinary resource. Bayat references the most recent research in the field of child mental health and provides educational and intervention approaches that are appropriate for all children with and without disabilities.


"This is my ‘must have’ book of the year […] The research based top tips and techniques in this book are invaluable and have been tried and tested in the classroom. […] The author provides intervention approaches that are appropriate for all children, with and without disabilities. The step-by-step guide approach is reassuring, easy to follow and with research from neuroscience, child development, child psychiatry, counselling and behaviour analysis being utilized effectively, you know you are in safe hands and after reading this will be a better, more skilled, and emotionally more resilient practitioner who is more able to help children." – Martine Horvath, eye magazine

"This book brilliantly connects psychiatry, child development, and behavioral psychology, set in a social-cultural and historical context. It is destined to be an academic classic."- Gayle Mindes, Professor of Education, DePaul University, USA

"Mojdeh Bayat draws on years of experience as a researcher and teacher educator and applies this vast knowledge to a step-by-step guide to preventing and addressing challenging behavior in young children. This research-based but practical book fills a void of available texts in the field."- Gail E. Joseph, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of Early Childhood and Family Studies, University of Washington, USA

Table of Contents



CHAPTER 1: Children with Challenging Behaviors and Their Early Education

CHAPTER 2: Early Relationships: Foundations of Early Childhood Mental Health

CHAPTER 3: Childhood Trauma and INTS Influence on Physical, Mental, and Behavioral Health

CHAPTER 4: Challenging Behaviors Related to Developmental and Other Disorders in Children

CHAPTER 5: Curricular Approaches Which Promote Social Competence and Appropriate Behaviors in Children

CHAPTER 6: Play Therapy: An Intervention for Addressing Challenging Behaviors and Mental Health Issues in Children

CHAPTER 7: Addressing Challenging Behaviors via Positive Behavior Support (PBS)

CHAPTER 8: Current Discipline Practices in Early Childhood Programs and Schools: Issues, Problems, and Alternatives

CHAPTER 9: Best Practices: Practical Strategies for Addressing Challenging Behaviors of Children

CHAPTER 10: Parenting, Culture, and Discipline

CHAPTER 11: Educators and Families Partnering Together for Children


About the Author

Mojdeh Bayat is Associate Professor of Education at DePaul University, USA. She has a BA in Law and Society from The American University, M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from Northeastern Illinois University, and a PhD in Child Development from Erikson Institute in Chicago.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten
EDUCATION / Special Education / General
EDUCATION / Special Education / Learning Disabilities
EDUCATION / Special Education / Mental Disabilities
EDUCATION / Special Education / Social Disabilities
EDUCATION / Behavioral Management

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