Research shows that stress in the crucial early years of a child s life can pose dramatic, lasting challenges to development, learning, and behavior.
Early childhood professionals need to recognize stress in young children and intervene with proven relief strategies before pressures turn into big problems. This book was developed to help readers address the most common causes of stress in a young child's life, including separation anxiety, bullying, jealousy, and family circumstances. Educators and childcare providers will understand key factors that influence a child's stress level, including attachment, temperament, developmental and learning challenges, health issues, and family pressures. Become a keen observer of the varied and sometimes subtle ways that children express stress. Personalize stress busters to meet the needs of individual children. Skillfully use stress-reducing strategies with groups of children from diverse backgrounds. Harness the power of storytelling to model solutions to problems and help children address negative feelings. Avoid burnout by handling the stresses in their own adult lives, from challenging interactions with parents to issues with co workers.
Memorable stories inspired by Dr. Honig s 30+ years of experience show readers how these stress busters can make a real difference in children s lives, and the questions at the end of each chapter are ideal aids for self study or professional development courses. This empowering book gives professionals the tools they need to conquer stress in any early childhood setting so children can develop the early social and academic skills they ll need to succeed in school.
"Anything Alice Honig writes is a treasure, and this book is no exception." Bettye M. Caldwell, PhD. Professor Emerita, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
"This highly respected scholar presents a valuable antidote to the current academic emphasis in early education. Using an appropriate whole child approach, she provides practitioners with those tools required to reduce young children's stress which we know to be a major barrier to children's optimal education." Edward Zigler, PhD, Sterling Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Yale University; Director, Emeritus, The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy; Former Chief, U.S. Children's Bureau
"Finally, an authoritative resource that offers parents and professionals a wealth of information about how to recognize signs of stress in the lives of young children, and more importantly, practical suggestions for what to do about it." Virginia Buysse, PhD. Senior Scientist, FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
160 pages. 2009