For parents and teachers who need solutions to some common and not-so-common questions about young children's behavior.
This is a hands-on reference for parents, other caregivers, and teachers that takes a unique approach to children's behaviors that often dismay and puzzle adults.
Using a practical and reader-friendly format, the book presents the following:
... Each behavior, such as crying, on a two-page spread
... Clear and easy-to-read sections such as:
-- Question--Plausible Answers (does it stem from social, sensory, communication issues)
-- Basic Training (suggestions for what to do)
-- Over and Above (further ideas, who to consult in serious cases, etc.)
-- Red Flags (first signs that the behavior needs attention)
-- What's Next (possible followup). Applicable to children up to five years old.
"Why Do They Do That? is the quintessential question that parents and educators find themselves asking again and again about children. It is difficult to balance professionalism, accuracy, and research with compelling, upbeat, humorous writing, but Glenda and Paul have hit the jackpot with this easy-to-navigate format. I can see anyone with a child in his/her life loving this resource from educators at all levels to parents and grandparents. I will use it in my college classes teaching child development majors and also give it as gifts to other educators and parents."--Deya Brashears Hill, EdD, Diablo Valley College
"Why Do They Do That? is a very useful resource for parents, teachers, and caregivers of young children. It reviews potential concerns across several important domains, including social, sensory, and communication, in one very easy-to-use and well-organized book. The concern-based format focusing on specific behaviors allows readers to quickly find clear, practical, and understandable explanations and potential strategies. More important, the book provides appropriate next steps when a behavior moves beyond typical child behavior to something that is potentially more problematic by identifying the type of professional who can provide appropriate evaluation and/or treatment. Why Do They Do That? will be an important resource in any child-based setting home, school, or childcare."--John T. Brentar, PhD, executive director, The Morrissey-Compton Educational Center
Paul Pitner, MA, has been teaching at the college level for 25 years. He is currently teaching psychology and early childhood classes at Diablo Valley College. He has written two previous books, Drawing Conclusions: Learn About Yourself and Others Through Drawing Analysis and The Keys to the House, Tree, and Person; both analyze children's and adults' art productions. Paul has extensive clinical and supervisory experience in many settings with diverse clients, including children and adolescents with special needs.
Glenda Fuge, MS, OTR/L, has worked as a staff therapist for Oakland Public Schools, coordinator of Pediatric Rehabilitation at Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame, California, and occupational therapy faculty at San Jose State University. She is also co-founder of Developmental Pathways for Kids, a private practice in Redwood City, California, where she specialized in sensory integration treatment and integrated play groups for children with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, behavioral dysfunction, and other self-regulation problems. While serving on the Commission on Disabilities for San Mateo County, she co-wrote a FEMA grant to develop a comprehensive disabilities training program for firefighters and paramedics. She also co-authored Pathways to Play! and has presented throughout the United States.
132 pages. 2014