Research shows that stress in the crucial early years of a child's life can pose dramatic, lasting challenges to development, learning, and behavior. This is the practical book early childhood professionals need to recognize stress in young children—and intervene with proven relief strategies before pressures turn into big problems.
Developed by celebrated early childhood expert Alice Sterling Honig, this guidebook helps readers address the most common causes of stress in a young child's life, including separation anxiety, bullying, jealousy, and family circumstances. Educators and childcare providers will:
- understand key factors that influence a child's stress level, including attachment, temperament, developmental and learning challenges, health issues, and family pressures
- become a keen observer of the varied and sometimes subtle ways that children express stress
|Finally, an authoritative resource that offers parents and professionals a wealth of information about how to recognize signs of stress in the lives of young children, and more importantly, practical suggestions for what to do about it." —Virginia Buysse, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
"Strikes the perfect balance between reducing stress and protecting children from harm while also promoting their coping skills and resilience. This powerful book is packed with practical strategies for teachers." —Sue Bredekamp, Ph.D., Early Childhood Education Consultant
- choose from a wide range of stress-busting techniques —all innovative, time-tested, and clinically validated
- personalize stress-busters to meet the needs of individual children
- skillfully use stress-reducing strategies with groups of children from diverse backgrounds
- harness the power of storytelling to model solutions to problems and help children address negative feelings
- avoid burnout by handling the stresses in their own adult lives, from challenging interactions with parents to issues with co-workers
Memorable stories inspired by Dr. Honig's 30+ years of experience show readers how these stress-busters can make a real difference in children's lives, and the questions at the end of each chapter are ideal aids for self-study or professional development courses. Packed with down-to-earth, easy-to-use ideas, this empowering book gives professionals the tools they need to conquer stress in any early childhood setting, so children can develop the early social and academic skills they'll need to succeed in school.