Guidance: An Introduction
Guiding children’s behavior is an important part of the work that happens in your programs. Positive child guidance helps promote the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children across the age span. This lesson will define positive guidance, describe why it is important in your program, and discuss the role of culture and experiences on adults’ understandings of guidance.
Guidance Across Age Groups
All staff members will encounter behavior that challenges them from one time to another. Your role is to prepare staff members to understand the typical behaviors they might encounter and to help them know how to respond positively. This lesson will introduce you to behaviors that are typical of children at different stages. It will also help you observe and provide feedback on staff members’ approaches to guidance for children of different ages.
Environmental Supports for Guidance
There are many features of the classroom or program environment that help prevent challenging behavior. You must help staff members learn to build supportive relationships, develop effective schedules and routines, and design learning spaces for engagement. This lesson will provide an overview of several observation tools and will help you provide feedback on staff members’ use of environmental strategies.
Promoting Guidance through Interactions
Interactions are a simple yet effective way of building a positive approach to guidance in your program. This lesson will stress the importance of positive interactions and will describe effective responses to challenging behavior. It will also provide information on working with families around supporting their child’s behavior.