From Zero to Three: As young children are just beginning to develop self-control, challenging behavior is common and expected in the years from birth to three. Young children are also developing self-regulation—the ability to calm or regulate themselves when they are upset. This process leads to some challenging moments for both adults and children. Learn more about how to respond to challenging behaviors like crying, aggression and defiance, and how to support your child’s development of self-control and self-regulation.
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Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula has produced a guide of counseling services, family intervention services, and other resources for supporting your child's social-emotional growth.
Behavioral Support is a technical assistance service for social-emotional development in early childhood settings. We are here to support child care providers as they deal with challenging behavior.
Our specialists empower staff to strengthen their relationships with children and parents, and also foster director-staff relationships. When a provider calls about a challenging behavior, we address the problem through observation, training, strategies, coaching, mentoring and creating connections to existing resources in community.
If your child is having a behavior problem at child care or preschool, please ask your provider to contact Smart Beginnings Behavior Specialist (referrals can not come from parents, only from providers).