(Unit 7) Topic 2: Positive Strategies for Classroom Management
2 Clock Hours of Early Childhood Education
Preventing Biting Behavior
Topic 2 Page 23
Early childhood educators are typically aware of common biting behaviors, but can often be at a loss when it comes to preventing these behaviors. The first step in prevention is to analyze the situation surrounding the biting incident.
Some important things to consider when analyzing:
If you begin to notice a trend in biting behavior you can begin to prevent the behavior. For example, if a child is biting around the same time of day, they may be tired or hungry causing them to feel frustrated and to bite as a result. In this situation you may try to adjust the nap schedule accordingly so that the child has a rest period when it is best for them. If a child is biting as a result of a specific action such as hair pulling, toy snatching, or hitting, caregivers should work closely to mediate those problems and prevent them from happening in the first place.
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