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We Are All in This Together

by Mary Louise Hemmeter
July/August 2007
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The preparation of this manuscript was supported by the Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behaviors, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education (H324Z010001) and the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (PHS 90YD0215). The author wishes to thank Rochelle Lentini, Linda Broyles, Amanda Quesenberry, and Amanda Higgins for their assistance with this manuscript.

We do workshops on challenging behavior every year, and it is still our biggest problem!!
Program Administrator

There are so many challenging behaviors in my classroom, I don’t even know where to begin!

I can’t deal with Emma’s behavior any longer. Either she goes or I go!!

To the director of an early childhood program, these quotes will sound familiar. Teachers report increasing numbers of children with challenging behavior and increasing frustration associated with dealing with challenging behavior in their classrooms. Early childhood educators report challenging behavior as a primary training need (Buscemi, Bennett, Thomas, & Deluca, 1996; Hemmeter, Corso, & Cheatham, 2006) indicating that they do not feel prepared to deal with challenging behaviors. Further, a recent study found that children in early childhood programs were 6 times more likely to be expelled ...

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