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The One-Minute Temper Tantrum Solution
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The One-Minute Temper Tantrum Solution
Strategies for Responding to Children's Challenging Behaviors



June 2008 | 160 pages | Corwin

"Mah's new book is fantastic! It simplifies the different types of temper tantrums into a manageable approach for educators and child care professionals."
—Kelly Van Raden, Career Advocate for Early Care and Education
Child Care Links

Learn what ignites tantrums and how you can prevent them or lessen their impact!

In clear and understandable language, this invaluable resource explains what's happening when a child throws a tantrum or exhibits other disruptive behaviors. The book offers specific guidance and directions to help teachers meet the challenge of a temper tantrum when it occurs while also increasing their awareness of their own expectations, beliefs, and reactions to children's aggressive behaviors.

In The One-Minute Temper Tantrum Solution, Ronald Mah examines developmental, situational, physical, and temperamental factors that can trigger acting-out behaviors and explores four types of tantrums—manipulative, upset, helpless, and cathartic—that can appear as verbal and/or physical outbursts. With a wealth of examples, vignettes, and easy-to-implement strategies that help educators avoid long-term negative consequences for children, this accessible book:

  • Offers interventions for managing each type of tantrum
  • Explains how tactics based on distracting, ignoring, or shaming can lead to escalation
  • Addresses tantrums that may be related to disabilities
  • Includes a chapter dealing with misdiagnosed tantrums and how to respond appropriately

Based on sensitive, caring principles that nurture and support all children, this practical book can also be used alongside Mah's Difficult Behavior in Early Childhood, which covers issues underlying harmful behaviors.


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. Orderly Assessment to Successful Intervention: Where Do You Start? Where Do You End Up?
 
2. Developmental Factors: Developmental Energy Will Reassert
 
3. Situational, Physical, and Disruption Factors: 2 + 1 = Trouble!
 
4. Temperamental Factors: They Were Born That Way!
 
5. Systemic Factors: The Savior
 
6. Specific or Specialized Factors and Moral Factors: Try Harder
 
7. Four Types of Temper Tantrums! Not Always About Power and Control
 
8. Manipulative Tantrums: Power and Control
 
9. Upset Temper Tantrums: Distress
 
10. Helpless Temper Tantrums: Not Distress but Despair
 
11. Stress and the Cathartic Tantrum: Releasing the Cathartic Tantrums
 
12. Getting It Wrong and Getting It Right
 
Conclusion
 
References
 
Index

“Entertaining and informative, this book looks at the motivation behind temper tantrums and presents the information in an easy-to-read format for teachers.”

Kim Wong, Program Director
Alameda Head Start, Berkeley, CA

"Mah’s new book is fantastic! It simplifies the different types of temper tantrums into a manageable approach for educators and child care professionals."

Kelly Van Raden, Career Advocate for Early Care and Education
Child Care Links

“I’m impressed with the information presented in this book, which delves into child and adult development and provides educators with an understanding of where tantrums come from.”

Meredith Lewis, Associate Director
Center for Early Childhood Professionals, Bank Street College of Education
Key features
  • Chapter-opening vignettes
  • Chapter-ending summaries
  • Good companion to Ronald Mah's "Difficult Behavior in Early Childhood" which addresses issues underlying harmful behaviors

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1


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