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University of Washington

Positive Behavior Support for Young Children

University of Washington via edX

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This course is offered in an experimental format. Students are welcome to audit the course, and participate in all course activities. Certificates will not be issued.

Many early childhood educators report feeling ill equipped to meet the needs of children with challenging behavior and frustrated in their attempts to develop safe and nurturing early learning environment. If you work with young children, you are not alone in your feelings! Increasing evidence suggests that an effective approach to addressing problem behavior is the adoption of a model that focuses on promoting social-emotional development, providing support for children’s appropriate behavior, and preventing challenging behavior. In this class, you will learn a framework for addressing the social and emotional development and challenging behavior of young children.

The overarching goal of this course is to learn evidence-based practices to support the social and emotional development of infants and young children. We will read current research on the developmental trajectory of children with early-onset aggressive behaviors; positive behavior support program models; and intervention efforts that promote positive early childhood mental health. Evidence-based classroom management skills will also be studied and you will leave the course with a solid understanding of how to design supportive environments. This course incorporates a community with which you can learn from others, share your own current approaches and discuss your attempts to incorporate the learnings of this course into your early childhood practice.

Taught by

Gail Joseph


4.4 rating, based on 5 Class Central reviews

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  • Profile image for Jabulani Garikayi
    Jabulani Garikayi
    Looking after the kids is all there left to look after the future and its next generations. I will always stand by that and help whenever i can to make sure the kids and their future are well equipped to tackle the morrow day
  • Heja Sala
    1. highly reccommend it
    2. The strategies are easy to implement and have a great impact!

    3. The instructor is very precise.

    4. I just completed week 3 of 8. And my students relationships already improved.
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