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Uncover the Roots of Challenging Behavior


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Michelle Salcedo is the chief academic officer at the Sunshine House Early Learning Academy, a chain of over 120 childcare centers located across the United States. Her articles on young children frequently appear on the Sunshine House's website and in the popular childcare journal Exchange. She has worked in the field of early childhood for over thirty years, starting as a "teacher's helper" in her younger brother's center. She has served as a teacher, director, trainer, and family educator in numerous childcare settings across Michigan, South Carolina, and Spain. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina.


"This book is a must-have for all early education professionals! It is an accessible, comprehensive primer for those new to the field, giving you a wealth of both proactive and reactive strategies and resources that will create a successful, thriving community of young learners. Experienced educators will also find the book solidly grounded in well-established theory and research but written with a fresh voice that will provoke your thinking, provide new ideas, and add value to your classroom practices. If you follow Ms. Salcedo's sound advice, your 'garden' of seedlings will surely blossom and grow. Highly recommend!"--Richard Cohen, M.A., international early education motivational speaker and consultant

"Helping young children develop into socially competent and caring adults starts early. In Uncover the Roots of Challenging Behavior, Michelle Salcedo provides a wealth of information for teachers at all levels. She includes strategies for establishing the classroom environment and effective guidance techniques for teachers to try in their own classrooms. Teachers will find her ideas, charts, and stories helpful for not only critically examining their own behavior, but also working to develop the key relationships and appropriate learning settings that truly help children thrive."--Karen Menke Paciorek, Ph.D., professor, Early Childhood Education & Children and Families at Eastern Michigan University

"Uncover the Roots of Challenging Behaviors is one of those books that will be looked at frequently. It does a marvelous job simplifying why challenging behaviors occur and the best ways to prevent them. Informative and engaging, the ideas can be used immediately. Everyone should keep this book where you can pull it out for a quick solution."--Daniel Hodgins, author of Boys: Changing the Classroom, Not the Child and Get Over It! Relearning Guidance Practices.

"If you are seeking practical, specific, and supportive ways to create classroom environments, step right this way. In Uncover the Roots of Challenging Behavior, Michelle Salcedo reminds us behavior is a powerful form of communication. She provides practical suggestions and concrete examples on how to create classroom environments that support educators in hearing this communication and meeting the often unmet needs of children."--Brigid Beaubien, Ph.D., professor, Teacher Education, Eastern Michigan University

"All teachers struggle with behavior issues that perplex them--what to do when Johnny won't sit at circle time, when Meg lashes out, when Enrique keeps disturbing his classmates. But what if we could create classroom environments that help prevent these behaviors from happening in the first place? With this important book, early childhood expert Michelle Salcedo offers specific, carefully considered, research-based strategies and ideas that will make your classroom as effective, responsive, and joyful as possible . . . an abundant garden of blooming possibilities!"--Diane Ohanesian, early childhood development specialist, former editor-in-chief of Early Childhood Today, and author of Hugga Bugga Love

"Early care professionals spend an exorbitant amount of time brainstorming appropriate responses to inappropriate behaviors displayed in the classroom. Uncover the Roots of Challenging Behavior is an excellent tool that can be used to support the paradigm shift from reactive to proactive classroom guidance. Michelle Salcedo captures the transition from theory to practice by identifying essential components needed to support students through a vulnerable stage of development. Teachers walk away with specific strategies that can be immediately used in the classroom."--Shelia Lewis, Ed.D., early childhood educator

"This book offers a variety of ways to address challenging behavior: analyzing your environment, evaluating your schedule and materials, and offering suggestions about how you build relationships with children in your care. Most importantly, Michelle Salcedo encourages us to ask the question, 'What are children telling us with their behavior?' As you uncover the answers to that question, you can help find ways to ensure each child feels safe, valued, and heard."--Sandra Heidemann, M.S., coauthor of The Thinking Teacher: A Framework for Intentional Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom

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