Social–Emotional & Behavior

Updated May 1, 2014

The following links may be of interest as you search the world wide web for information on inclusive child care and other related topics. Many of the sites listed below are good starting points for additional links. The descriptions come from the sites themselves and are not offered with any official Map to Inclusive Child Care or WestEd endorsement.*

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Aha Parenting!

Dr. Laura Markham is a clinical psychologist turned parenting coach and author who promotes a relationship-based model of parenting. Dr. Laura's book Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting supports parents to manage their own emotions, both to deal mindfully with a distressed child and to teach the child successful emotional regulation by modeling.

She takes the controversial position that parents need to move "beyond discipline" because punishment erodes the parent child bond, instead setting limits with empathy, focusing on connecting with the child, and coaching for emotional intelligence, all of which help children want to cooperate. She frequently quotes the Dalai Lama: "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."

The Aha Parenting! web site based on the work of Dr. Laura Markham provides easy to read information on the "ages and stages" of child development beginning with pregnancy and birth, tips on parenting and an archive of her radio shows on parenting. Here's a link to the latest entry of her parenting blog:

Bright Futures: Developmental Tools for Providers and Families

Based on Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health, the four developmental tools offer a framework for providers and families to begin a conversation together about how to best support healthy social and emotional development in children and teens. The tools gently encourage families who have any questions or concerns to “check it out”—and offer a number of tips on when, where and how to seek help through local, state or national resources. Written in family friendly language, the tools may be used by families and professionals in a range of disciplines including, health, education, child care and family services.

Brookes Publishing Co.

For 27 years, Brookes has published highly respected resources in early childhood, early intervention, inclusive and special education, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, communication and language, behavior, and mental health.

Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CECMHC) was funded as an Innovation and Improvement Project by the Office of Head Start in October 2008. The 3-year grant brings together a group of university researchers to develop strategies to help Head Start programs build a strong mental health foundation for their children, families and staff. The site houses resources for Head Start mental health consultants, staff, families, administrators and T&TA Providers.

Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice

It is the mission of the Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice to support and promote a reoriented national preparedness to foster the development and the adjustment of children with or at risk of developing serious emotional disturbance. Its “Briefs for Families on Evidenced-Based Practices” gives parents access to research–based interventions. These briefs reflect CECP’s commitment to provide families with useful and usable information about evidenced–based practices. They include briefs on choice making and other preventive strategies.

Center on the Developing Child Harvard University

The Spectrum of Neglect: Four Types of Unresponsive Care Using science as a guide, this interactive chart delineates four types of diminished responsiveness and their consequences in order to provide a useful framework for developing more effective strategies to protect vulnerable children from this complex challenge. The four short video clips below, each under a minute in length, are excerpts from the 6-minute video InBrief: The Science of Neglect. The chart is based on a graphic from The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain, a Working Paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning is a national center focused on strengthening the capacity of Child Care and Head Start to improve the social and emotional outcomes of young children.

  • How Do I Decide? Series of Guidelines
    The first two installments in this new series provide guidelines on: How to Choose a Social-Emotional Curriculum and When to Seek Outside Help for Children's Problem Behavior.
  • Online Videos
    Two CSEFEL videos, Promoting Social Emotional Competence and Practical Strategies for Teaching Social Emotional Skills, can now be viewed online in their entirety.

Child Trauma Academy

The ChildTrauma Academy is a unique collaborative of individuals and organizations working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. A major activity of the CTA is to translate emerging findings about the human brain and child development into practical implications for the ways we nurture, protect, enrich, educate and heal children. The "translational neuroscience" work of the CTA has resulted in a range of innovative programs in therapeutic, child protection and educational systems.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a national non-profit organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with AD/HD. In addition to our informative website, CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications and treatments affecting individuals with AD/HD.

Children with Challenging Behavior PDF: Adobe Acrobat Required

Brault, L. and T. Phoenix, AZ: CPG Publishing Co. (2005).

This book for ECE professionals, teachers, and parents offers tools, ideas, strategies, and new ways of thinking to help readers become reflective thinkers who act with wisdom rather than react out of frustration when confronted by challenging behavior in a child (or adult).

CLAS Early Childhood Research Institute

The Early Childhood Research Institute on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) identifies, evaluates, and promotes effective and appropriate early intervention practices and preschool practices that are sensitive and respectful to children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The CLAS website presents a dynamic and evolving database of materials describing culturally and linguistically appropriate practices for early childhood/early intervention services. In this site, are descriptions of books, videotapes, articles, manuals, brochures and audiotapes. In addition, there are extensive website links and information in a variety of languages. The CLAS Institute is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs of the U.S. Department of Education.

Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

The 2013 CASEL Guide identifies well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs with potential for broad dissemination to schools across the United States. Based on CASEL's work in research and practice spanning nearly two decades, we provide a systematic framework for evaluating the quality of classroom-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs. In addition, the Guide shares best practices for district and school teams on how to select and implement social and emotional learning programs.

Coping with Trauma: A Collection of Resources

The tragedy that took the lives of very young children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012 elicited strong feelings and emotions from the entire nation and perhaps especially from those who work with and care for children. Many of organizations that MAP depends on for quality information responded by gathering resources useful in coping with the trauma. To ensure broad access to these resources MAP has made them available on this new web page within the Social – Emotional & Behavior area of MAP. Some of the resources are specific to children with special needs and other are more general. Some of the resources are available in other languages as indicated.

Creating a Peaceful Environment

The site offers tips and activities for making “your home or center a peaceful place.”

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Edutopia: Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Passion and Strengths

From Project Happiness this nine-part series looks at important factors that influence the happiness and social and emotional learning of elementary school age children. These are very useful in helping students learn, manage emotions better and increase empathy. Included are activities and curriculum to build social and emotional skills in elementary students.

Early Childhood Behavior Project

Addressing the Needs of Young Children who Engage in Challenging Behavior

Early Childhood Information Sharing Tool Kit

The purpose of this Toolkit is to provide community providers with the information, tools, and resources to help families obtain developmental check-ups, receive additional services and referrals, track their child's care, and assist community providers to coordinate and share their concerns about a child's development with other community providers.

“Encouraging Social Skills in Young Children: Tips Teachers Can Share with Parents.”

Mize, J. and Abell, E. Dimensions of Early Childhood (Southern Early Childhood Association Newsletter), Volume 24, Number 3, Summer. Retrieved from the Web on May 27, 2002, from www.humsci.auburn.edu/parent/socialskills.html. (1996).

Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development

The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development is produced by the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development. It is intended for policy-makers, service planners and service providers and for parents.

It brings together articles written by internationally renowned experts on topics having to do with the psychosocial development of young children, from conception to the age of five. Each of the 38 topics addressed is explored from three perspectives: development, services and policies. In addition, for each topic there is a synthesis that provides, in a simplified format, the key points that will be most useful to practitioners and planners. This synthesis addresses three questions: What is the importance of this topic? What are the most up-to-date and conclusive data available on this subject? And what can be done to improve services, policies and research?

Family Education Network

Family Education Network’s mission is to be an online consumer network of the world’s best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students of all ages take control of their learning and make it part of their everyday lives.

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Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development

The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) was established over four decades ago to improve the quality of life for all children and youth, especially those with, or at risk for, special needs and their families.

Head Start Body Start

Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play (HSBS) is a collaboration between the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and is funded by a grant from the Administration for Children and Families. Head Start Body Start aims to increase physical activity, outdoor play, and healthy eating among Head Start and Early Head Start children, families, and staff. We help Head Start and Early Head Start Centers to create healthy learning environments and promote physical activity that leads to the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of young children and reduces obesity and its associated costs.

The Incredible Years

The Incredible Years are research–based, proven effective programs for reducing children’s aggression and behavior problems and increasing social competence at home and at school. The Incredible Years programs were developed by Carolyn Webster–Stratton, M.S.N., M.P.H., Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Parenting Clinic at the University of Washington. She is a nurse and licensed clinical psychologist and has published numerous scientific articles evaluating training programs for helping families and teachers with children who are highly aggressive, disobedient, hyperactive, and inattentive. She has had extensive clinical experiences helping over 1,000 families whose children were diagnosed with conduct problems and attention deficit disorder.

Infant Development Association of California

The Infant Development Association of California is a multidisciplinary organization of parents and professionals committed to optimal developmental, social and emotional outcomes for infants, birth to three, with a broad range of special needs and their families. IDA advocates for improved, effective prevention and early intervention services, and provides information, education, and training to parents, professionals, decision makers and others.

Infant Toddler Coordinators Association

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association is organized as a not-for-profit corporation to promote mutual assistance, cooperation, and exchange of information and ideas in the administration of Part C and to provide support to state and territory Part C coordinators. They provide an online link to the resources that are helping to improve the lives of infants and toddlers with special needs.

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Logo Kids in the House; Stick figure drawing of an adult holding a red house over a babyThe Ultimate Parenting Resource offers over 8000 videos on a comprehensive range of topics for a variety of age ranges for every type of family. Well respected experts present positive, useful information in short videos. For example take a look at the videos from:

  • Dr. Dan Siegel Resource contains video Resource opens in a new window, award winning author and lecturer. Dr. Siegel's unique ability to make complicated scientific concepts easy to understand and exciting has led him to be invited to address diverse local, national and international groups of mental health professionals, neuroscientists, corporate leaders, educators, parents, public administrators, healthcare providers, policy-makers, and clergy. Or explore the various topics under:
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LD Pride (Learning Disability)

Information about learning styles and Multiple Intelligence (MI) is helpful for everyone especially for people with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder. Knowing your learning style will help to compensate for weaknesses and capitalize on strengths. This page provides an explanation of what learning styles and multiple intelligence are all about, an interactive assessment of your learning style/MI, and practical tips to make your learning style work for you.

Learning to Learn

Learning to Learn is for learners, teachers, and researchers. It teaches the value of self–awareness as a critical part of learning. Learning to Learn is a course, a resource, and a source of knowledge about learning, how it can be developed in children and adults, and how it differs among learners.

Learning Styles

Take a learning styles inventory. Learn about the different models most commonly used. This page has links to many other sites.

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Models of Inclusion in Child Care

The Models of Inclusion in Child Care Project is aimed at providing the first investigation of programs and strategies which result in improved access of families having children with emotional or behavioral disorders to child care which is inclusive, family-centered, culturally-appropriate, and of high quality. Substitute care supports parents as they work, seek employment, or continue their education, and supports children as it provides developmentally appropriate supervision, socialization, activities, and learning opportunities.

The Multiple Intelligence Inventory

The Multiple Intelligence Inventory is based on the original work by Howard Gardner in the 1980s. Since he began his work the idea of “multiple intelligences” has come to have a significant effect on the thinking of many researchers and educators. An additional “intelligence” has been added to the inventory, courtesy of Gary Harms, which addresses styles and abilities associated with awareness of ones surroundings, physics, and an understanding of the “nature of things.”

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

The website for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has links to a publication guide with many different books and videotapes on curriculum available for purchase at low cost.

National Head Start Association (NHSA)

The National Head Start Association is a private not-for-profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of Head Start children and their families. It represents more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 2,700 Head Start programs in the United States. The Association provides support for the entire Head Start community by advocating for policies that strengthen services to Head Start children and their families; by providing extensive training and professional development to Head Start staff; and by developing and disseminating research, information, and resources that enrich Head Start program delivery.

National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

Established in 2003, the National Scientific Council is a multi-disciplinary collaboration of scientists and scholars from universities across the United States and Canada designed to bring the science of early childhood and early brain development to bear on public policy decision-making. The mission of the Council is to synthesize and communicate science to help inform policies that promote successful learning, adaptive behavior, and sound physical and mental health for all young children. Central to this concept is the ongoing generation, analysis, and integration of knowledge and the critical task of educating policymakers, civic leaders, and the general public about the rapidly growing science of early childhood development and its underlying neurobiology.

Nurturing Our Spirited Children

This website is a resource for parents raising spirited, high-need, strong-willed, active alert or difficult children.

Ounce of Prevention

Children born into poverty begin life with the odds stacked against them. That's not just unfortunate for them. It's a problem for all of us – one that can and must be solved. The Ounce is demonstrating effective solutions every day. Our work is anchored in a growing body of scientific evidence about early brain development. We use private dollars to apply that science in developing innovative programs, and then leverage public funding to support their implementation and replication.

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Parentcenter.com

This website features a variety of articles and tools geared to a child’s age. The “problem solver” is a very interesting set of links to ideas on addressing challenging behavior. “ParentCenter.com is an easy–to–navigate one–stop resource designed to help parents of children ages 2 to 8 better manage and enjoy the day–to–day challenges of raising great kids.”

Parenting Videos on Infant Mental Health

Videos produced by KBTC Public Television for parents and caregivers on a variety of topics including aggression, attachment, child care, discipline, emotional regulation in infants and toddlers, language, play and stress. If you have trouble with the link on the KBTC site go to "Just for Parents."

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

The TA Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports has been established by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices.

Positive Discipline

Positive Discipline is dedicated to providing education and resources that promote and encourage the ongoing development of life-skills and respectful relationships in family, school, business, and community systems. This site features information and articles from Jane Nelson, author of Positive Discipline and other books.

The Preventive Ounce

This interactive website lets you see more clearly a child's temperament, find parenting tactics that work.

The Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers (PITC)

The PITC website has articles describing appropriate curriculum approaches for very young children as well as information on their training program available in California.

SAMHSA Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign

SAMHSA's "Caring for Every Child's Mental Health" public awareness effort was created in 1994 with the mission to increase awareness around children's mental health. The "Caring for Every Child's Mental Health" team works to support SAMHSA-funded sites through the strategic use of social marketing and communications strategies. The overarching purpose of the team is to stimulate support for a comprehensive system of care approach to children's mental health services.

The "Caring for Every Child's Mental Health" team operates through a partnership among the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), Vanguard Communications (Vanguard), and the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (National Federation). The team works together to address the needs of diverse system of care communities using social marketing and communications techniques that are youth- and family-driven, culturally competent, and responsive to individual community needs.

San Diego Association for the Education of Young Children (SDAEYC)

SDAEYC has a Mental Health Focus Group and a “Stop Violence in the Lives of Young Children” committee to address the importance of relationships for those who care for young children.

Spaces for Children

Spaces for Children focuses on developmentally–appropriate environments: rich places of learning that are child directed and teacher efficient. Expertise encompasses the overall programming and design of child care buildings, including complete architectural services, furniture, and play structure design.

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Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI)

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children, also known as TACSEI, is a five-year grant made possible by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. TACSEI takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day. Most of these free products are available right here on the website for you to view, download and use.

Tip Sheets: Positive Ways of Intervening with Challenging Behavior

The tip sheets have been developed to assist teachers and parents in providing the best possible educational opportunities to students with emotional and behavioral disorders.

UCD Mind Institute

The M.I.N.D. Institute is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care and cure of neurodevelopmental disorders.

With a staff of over 250, multiple interdisciplinary teams are discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose, treat and eventually cure neurodevelopmental disorders. Through a process known as translational research, the teams use rigorous testing and clinical trials to transform new scientific findings into innovative treatments.

Understanding and Facilitating Preschool Children's Peer Acceptance.

Kemple, K.M. (1992).

VARK (Visual Aural Read/Write Kinesthetic)

VARK is a questionnaire that provides users with a profile of their preferences. These preferences are about the ways that they want to take-in and give-out information whilst learning.

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WatchKnowLearn

Watch Know Learn logo

WatchKnow -- as in, "You watch, you know" -- is a non-profit online community devoted to offering hundreds of thousands of great short videos, and other media, explaining every topic taught to school kids. They are rated and sorted into a giant Directory, making them simple to find. One of the categories of video is "managing challenging behavior."

What's Your Child's Learning Style?

Different children learn in different ways, using their sense of sight, hearing, or touch to master new information. To find out whether a child is primarily a visual, auditory, or physical learner, take this quiz. Then read on to learn how to use this information to help the child do better in school.

Zero to Three

Zero to Three is the nation's leading resource on the first three years of life. It is a national non-profit charitable organization whose aim is to strengthen and support families, practitioners and communities to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers.

  • Challenging Behavior Resources
  • Early Childhood Mental Health
    Babies and young children thrive when they are cared for by adults that are “crazy about them!” (Bronfenbrenner, 1976 1). Responsive relationships with consistent primary caregivers help build positive attachments that support healthy social-emotional development. These relationships form the foundation of mental health for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. This site directs you to resources supporting healthy social emotional development of very young children.
  • Baby Brain Map
    The Brain Map was adapted in 2006 by ZERO TO THREE from BrainWonders, a collaborative project (1998-2001) between Boston University School of Medicine, Erikson Institute and ZERO TO THREE.

    To get started, select an age range from the pull-down menu and click on it. Depending on the age range, different hotspots on the brain will appear. Click on a hotspot to reveal questions to find out how a baby's brain develops during this period of brain growth. You'll also learn what you can do to enrich a very young child's development.
  • Pod Cast Series: Sharing the Care: How Partnering with your Child's Caregiver Supports Healthy Development
  • Cope After Exposure to a Traumatic Event

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* Map to Inclusive Child Care and WestEd do NOT endorse or assume any responsibility for information found on these sites. The following links are provided as a source of information and resources. Please e-mail us information about other sites that will add depth and knowledge to these listings.