Behavior Communicates – Selected Resources


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  • Blimes, J. (2012). Beyond Behavior Management, Second Edition: The Six Life Skills Children Need. St. Paul, MN: Readleaf Press.
  • Copple, C. & Bredekamp, S. (2009). Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8. 3rd ed. Washington, DC: NAEYC.


  • Center for Inclusive Child Care. (2014). Challenging Behaviors and Disenrollment: Steps to Prevention [Info Module]. – In this info module participants will explore how challenging behaviors influence disenrollment, examine the risk factors associated with disenrollment, examine the impact of disenrollment on young children and their families and explore proactive strategies to prevent disenrollment.
  • Center for Inclusive Child Care. (2014). How to Prevent Disenrollment in Child Care (PDF). – This tipsheet is designed to give early care and education practitioners strategies to prevent disenrollment (expulsion) of a child with challenging behaviors. Available online at
  • Childcare Education Institute. (2021, August 4). Shifting how we manage challenging behaviors. Online at
  • Duffy, R. (January/February 2010). Challenging Behavior: Step-by-Step Shifting (PDF), From a Parent’s Perspective. Exchange. Retrieved from
  • Early Head Start National Resource Center @ Zero to Three. (2006). Strategies for Understanding and Managing Challenging Behavior in Young Children: What is Developmentally Appropriate and What is a Concern? (PDF) Technical Assistance Paper #10. Retrieved from
  • Head Start Center for Inclusion — Inclusion Basics – Membership. (Author). Ask a Friend to Play Resources [PDF]. Retrieved from
  • The Infant Toddler Temperament Tool (IT3) (PDF) developed for the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development. The Infant Toddler Temperament Tool (IT3) includes a short on-line survey that allows parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers to recognize and explore their own temperament traits and those of a child for which they provide care. The website offers both infant and a toddler versions and provides additional information about temperament traits and best practice tips adults can use to foster the unique temperament of each child within their care. To learn more about temperament and to access the online and PDF versions of the tool visit the website at
  • Kids Included Together (KIT). (2017). Creating a Simple Behavior Plan (PDF). This resource has quick tips on writing a behavior plan. Available online
  • Kids Included Together (KIT). (2017). Sample Behavior Plan (PDF). Before completing the sample behavior plan, fill out the Creating a Simple Behavior Plan. Available online at
  • Seigel, D. J. and Bryson, T. P. (2014, September). ‘Time-Outs’ are hurting your child. TIME. Retrieved from
  • Sesame Street in Communities. (n.d.). Offering Comfort. Sesame Street with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Available online at
  • The Backpack Connection Series was created by TACSEI to provide a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. Teachers may choose to send a handout home in each child’s backpack when a new strategy or skill is introduced to the class. Each Backpack Connection handout provides information that helps parents stay informed about what their child is learning at school and specific ideas on how to use the strategy or skill at home. Available online at:
  • Zero To Three, (2016, October 3) Helping Your Child Begin Developing Self-Control. Retrieved from

Videos and Learning Modules:

  • Bailey, B. Conscious Discipline Live! [DVD Set]. (Available from Loving Guidance, Inc., P.O. Box 622407, Oviedo, FL 32762 or
  • Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC). (2006). Digging Deeper: Looking Beyond Behavior to Discover Meaning. A Unit of Four Online Lessons. These lessons explore and apply the Responsive Process—Watch; Ask ‘I Wonder’ Questions; and Adapt: Using ‘Flexible Responses’ to the behaviors of very young children. Program staff, education coordinators, trainers, and parents may use this information to build or refresh their observation skills and responses to children’s behaviors. Head Start Program Performance Standards and other resources are included. Available online at
  • Head Start Center for Inclusion — Inclusion Basics – Membership. (Author). Ask a Friend to Play [Video Clip]. Retrieved from
  • National Training Center on Inclusion (Author). Social Support: How to Facilitate Positive Interactions [Video]. Retrieved from


  • Challenging Behavior Tips – This Head Start Center for Inclusion web page offers tipsheets with simple suggestions to help parents support children during times when their children may be challenged. Topics include riding on the bus, riding in the car, cleaning up toys, following directions and others.
  • Conscious Discipline Free Resources – this website has interesting magazine articles, reproducible posters, state standard alignment crosswalks and Conscious Discipline as well as handouts, activities, tools and discipline tips.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age eight. NAEYC publishes two periodicals, Young Children and Teaching Young Children.
  • The goals of the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) are to assist states and programs in their implementation of sustainable systems for the implementation of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model) within early intervention and early education programs with a focus on promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children birth to five, reducing the use of inappropriate discipline practices, promoting family engagement, using data for decision-making, integrating early childhood and infant mental health consultation and fostering inclusion.
  • Sesame Street in Communities – Sesame Street’s new initiative which aims to help young children cope with adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs. Available online at
  • Zero to Three. A national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

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Updated: 002/07/2023

Maine Department of Health and Human ServicesFunding for the 2011 update of the Growing Ideas Resources for Guiding Early Childhood Practices has been provided by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Child and Family Services, Early Childhood Division.