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F19: Words are Powerful: How Our Words about Children Guide Intervention

Content Level:
Age Group:
3 to 5 years

This session will demonstrate how the language that educators use to talk about challenging behavior effects how they build nurturing relationships with young children with challenging behavior and their families (Heineke, 2013). Participants will examine personal values that drive their professional decision-making and learn to manage teacher “hot buttons” often associated with challenging behavior through positive discourse and language (Fisher, 2007). Exercises throughout the session will support participants in building the processes necessary to engage in discourse that leads to effective and evidence-based interventions (Artiles, 2003).