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Author Levine, James E.

Title Learning from behavior : how to understand and help "challenging" children in school / James E. Levine ; foreword by Sophie Freud.

Published Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Giblin Eunson  370.1528 LEVI    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxviii, 132 pages ; 25 cm.
Series Child psychology and mental health, 1538-8883.
Child psychology and mental health. 1538-8883.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [119]-124) and index.
Summary "In Learning from Behavior, Levine shows us how to observe, question, and think about problem behaviors in such a way that we can understand what is motivating the children to act as they do. Behavior, after all, often represents what the child cannot communicate, due to language limitations, level of psychological development, or traumatic experience. Children think differently; they are not small adults. We need to understand the behavior from the child's perspective before we can intervene to change the behavior. Author Levine shows us, incorporating illustrative vignettes, how to do that. Step by step, Levine, a clinical social worker experienced as a consultant to dozens of schools, helps us take the astute advice cited in one children's song we've all heard: "stop, look and listen," to first understand the behavior. Question the causes. Cases included in this book range from noncompliance and poor academic performance to disinhibition, suspected ADHD, PTSD, and injury-caused acting out. We hear about the history of behavioral interventions, listen as children tell us how they perceive these interventions, and look over the social worker's shoulder as effective helping strategies are put into action. As Levine explains, "Given the challenges we share communally in helping children, we should do everything possible to learn more about children's behavior, enhance our methods for reaching out to them, and refine our approaches to intervention. All of us--teachers, parents, clinicians, researchers, and administrators, along with the children we serve--must participate in this vital endeavor.""--Publisher's website.
Subject Children with disabilities -- Education -- United States.
Behavior modification -- United States.
Classroom management -- United States.
Variant Title How to understand and help "challenging" children in school.
Standard Number 2524457
ISBN 9780275990404 (alk. paper)
0275990400 (alk. paper)