Is it really a behavioral disorder or, have we as a society just forgotten what normal childhood looks like?
The rates of Early Childhood diagnosis in behavioral disorders has substantially increased. But why? Whats happening to our children? or is it us? Are we looking to into things, are we forgetting as educators what it means to be a child?
I will tell you this, in all of my years teaching preschool. I have never given up on a child. At this point I like to say that my specialty is getting through to the children everyone else has given up on. I have lost other parents in my program because they are upset with me for not kicking out a child who hits, or throws tantrums, or who screams, or who does not get along with their child.
My job as a preschool teacher is to teach children the skills to work with their peers, understand their personal emotions and how to express them in the right way in any given situation. I have a background in child development, I know that children need positive guidance and help, and some children need more time than others when learning new social skills, or any skills for that matter.
We all grow at our own pace. So how does it help to kick a child out of my preschool because he pinches every time someone takes a toy from him? It doesn't help either child! What helps is me stepping in to offer guidance so both children learn how to better help the situation.
Children who get frustrated and bite shouldn't be kicked out, maybe they don't have the vocabulary yet to express how they are feeling. There are so many situations and so many more solutions to try before kicking a child out of care. Giving up is not the answer.
Do you feel the same way? I'd like to hear your thoughts on the topic! What do you believe?
Current Doctoral Student.Masters in Early Childhood Studies and Bachelors in Child Development. 13 years in the ECE profession.