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The One-Minute Temper Tantrum Solution

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

January 2013 | 160 pages | Corwin
In clear and understandable language, this resource explains what happens within a child when throwing a tantrum (verbal and/or physical) or exhibiting other disruptive behaviors, and offers teachers specific guidance and directions to meet the challenge. The One-Minute Temper Tantrum Solution helps teachers assess their beliefs about, and reactions to, children's aggressive behaviors to increase awareness of their own expectations and assumptions. The author examines developmental, situational, physical, and temperamental factors that can ignite acting-out behavior and explores the four types of tantrums that are related to power, distress, despair, and stress. The book includes vignettes, easy-to-implement strategies, and chapter summaries that highlight key topics. When educators recognize what causes aggressive behaviors, they can respond quickly to children's needs with appropriate strategies or interventions. This practical book can also be used in conjunction with the author's Difficult Behavior in Early Childhood which addresses issues underlying harmful behaviors.
About the Author
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

“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

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

Ronald Mah

Ronald Mah, an educator and licensed marriage and family therapist, has worked in early childhood education for 16 years. A credentialed elementary and secondary teacher, he is the author of Difficult Behavior in Early Childhood and The One-Minute Temper Tantrum Solution (2006 and 2008, Corwin Press). He wrote the Asian Pacific Islander Parent Education Support curriculum (DHS-San Francisco, 1996). Mah has DVDs on child development and behavior (Fixed Earth Films), and has been involved in community and high school mental health clinics, severe emotional disturbance, at-risk youth, welfare-to-work, and Head Start programs. A graduate... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412957212