When children struggle with aggressive, disruptive, or withdrawn behaviors, it affects their learning and development. The key to success is early assessment and intervention that involves the child, family, and educational, social and community setting.
Oakland Schools offers workshops for early childhood educators that focus on addressing challenging behaviors and promoting the social and emotional competence of infants, toddlers, and young children.
Phone consultation with an early childhood mental health consultant is also available for infant, toddler, and preschool staff. Contact our early childhood behavior support hotline at 248.209.2366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many children use challenging behaviors as they grow, mature, and learn how to interact with others. When challenging behaviors occur frequently, persistently, and/or with intensity, it may indicate that a young child needs extra help or support. Indicators may include:
- Hurting self or others
- Excessive screaming
- Destroying property
- Difficulty calming self
- Difficulty sleeping
- Toileting issues
- Silent and/or withdrawn
- Running away
- Difficulty participating in group experiences
- Difficulty moving from one activity to another
Developmental screenings are one way of gathering information to determine if extra support is needed. Complete a free online developmental and social emotional screening. Please note that is necessary to complete the full developmental screening before completing the social/emotional screening. Please click ASQ for more information.