ICYMI: 5 Tools for Managing Challenging Behaviors

All Caught Up

We know you’re busy (and that time flies — can you believe it’s officially, finally, Spring??) so we gathered up five recent favorites for you. Enjoy!

  1. Professional Development – upcoming events in WNY
  2. “Tell me what to do instead” – practical tips for using positive language
  3. Meaningful Relationships – 10 Simple Ways to Decrease Challenging Behaviors
  4. Biting Hurts – strategies and suggestions you can use today
  5. Don’t Stop Believing!

PS – don’t forget to find us on Facebook, too!

10 Simple Ways to Decrease Challenging Behaviors 

Much to teachers’ collective dismay, there’s no magic wand for behavior management (although if there was, it would likely look remarkably similar to the Elder Wand featured in Harry Potter, don’t you think?).

Fortunately, experts do agree that the most effective way to decrease challenging behaviors is to increase social competetence — which begins with developing (and maintaining) positive relationships with children.

At the most recent meetings of the WNY Behavior Collaboration, early childhood professionals worked together to create a simple tool that teachers can use to reflect on best practices and make small (but meaningful!) immediate changes to their classrooms.

To learn more about the 10 simple things you can do to decrease challenging behaviors, click here:

Develop Meaningful Relationships with Children in Your Classroom

More easy-to-use tools are in the works and will be posted here as they are finalized. Until then, maybe we’ll keep working on that wand idea, too 🙂

New Year, New Opportunities

Happy New Year! Goal setting, resolutions, and promises to “do better” seem to go hand-in -hand with the beginning of a new year.

If you’re looking to add new tools to your behavior management skill set in 2017, be sure to check out our local Events page.  An opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals might be exactly what you need to ignite (or refresh!) your passion, your patience, and your limitless potential!



Don’t Stop Believin’

More than just a cheesy (albeit catchy!) 80’s song, “don’t stop believing” should be every teacher’s mantra.

  • Believe that children have unlimited potential.
  • Believe that challenging behavior is an unmet need,  not an act of defiance.
  • Believe that meaningful change takes time and consistent effort.
  • Believe that every interaction is a choice to either make a moment, or break a spirit.
  • Believe in yourself — and in every child who’s relying on you to be his role model.

New Tools to Help You Address (and Prevent!) Challenging Behaviors

Video Conferences, Local Events, and Facebook Fun – oh my!


“Tell me what to do instead.”

 When you’re a preschooler who is running in the hallway, pushing a friend, or exhibiting other challenging behaviors, sometimes all you need is an adult who is willing to teach you a more appropriate alternative. Put simply, some children are begging adults, “Tell me what to do instead!”

This simple one-page PDF is full of realistic examples of positive language, with tips for tone and word choice. What a terrific addition to your toolbox!


NYS Pyramid Model Partnership

While there’s no “one size fits all” solution for challenging behaviors, there’s one  tried and true approach that’s proven to be helpful — boosting children’s social emotional competence.

 The Pyramid Model is an evidence-based model focused on strong relationships and social-emotional development — and the NYS Pyramid Model Partnership is committed to helping you access, understand, and apply the pyramid-related supports!

To learn more about the pyramid model partnership, including a complete schedule of upcoming trainings throughout the state, click here: http://www.nysecac.org/news-and-events/pyramid-model