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    Challenging behaviour in young children

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    At what point does behavior become challenging? Include at least 3 examples of challenging behavior that are commonly seen in young children. Cite at least one source, in addition to course text, to substantiate your response.

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    When young children enter school, certain behaviors and learning may become noticeable. Some have difficulty expressing their ideas verbally. Some struggle to get along with peers or follow classroom routines. In each case, however, one thing is the same: improved learning and behavior requires strong self-regulation skills (Florez, 2011). According to Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of the Families and Work Institute and
    author of Mind in the Making, regulating one's thinking, emotions, and behaviour is critical for success in school, work, and life (2010). A child who stops playing and begins cleaning up when asked or spontaneously shares a toy with a classmate, has regulated thoughts, emotions, and behaviour (Bronson 2000).

    Research has found that young children who engage in intentional self-regulation learn more and go further in their education (Blair & Diamond 2008). Children develop foundational skills for self-regulation in the first five years of life (Blair 2002; Galinsky 2010), which means early childhood teachers play an important role in helping young children ...