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A Fighting Chance: Supporting Young Children Experiencing Disruptive Change

A Fighting Chance: Supporting Young Children Experiencing Disruptive Change

Authors: Jane Humphries, Kari Rains
Product Code: 545066
ISBN: 978-1-60554-506-6
Publisher: ®Redleaf Press
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Your must-have guide to working with young children experiencing disruptive change

Every day, many children have to cope with complicated and disruptive situations, and your classroom can become the most stable environment in their young lives. This resource uses case studies to illustrate what disruptive change can look like, and it covers a variety of types of disruptive change, including homelessness, incarceration, multiple parent relationships, and more.

Learn how to address disruptive changes with an extensive toolbox of activities, ideas, and resources to help you find the best practical approach for each child. Address different types of disruptive change with professionalism, and employ proven strategies to affect the direction of young children’s lives in a positive way.

Age focus: 0–8.

Softbound, 145 pgs.

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Review by: Leslie Katch, Nationnal Louis University - March 10, 2017
The practical strategies offered are what early childhood teachers and administrators need when confronting difficult situations with children and their families. It’s refreshing to see a book that tackles the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of the messy, beautiful and complex world of early childhood care and education. A must-have for all ECE professionals!
Review by: Deb Flis, Connecticut Accreditation Support Project - March 3, 2017
From the introduction, the authors’ first-person account of their experience of the Oklahoma City bombing reveals their passion for guiding educators to help children and families deal with trauma and disruptive change.  Infused with the basic tenets of high quality early education, their strategies guide the reader to apply the principles of best practice, current research, and social-emotional support. The case scenarios concretely illustrate the challenges for children and families brought on by disruptive change and the strategies adults can use in the classroom.”
Review by: Dianne Juhnke, CDSA Child Care Resource and Referral - February 23, 2017
Dr. Jane Humphries and Kari Rains provided an excellent theoretical framework for working with children experiencing disruptive change. Their concrete and practical strategies for helping children to build essential life skills can be applied to many child care situations. As a child care trainer and technical assistance specialist, I know that I will frequently refer to this book for ideas and resources.
Review by: Paula Jorde Bloom, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership - February 13, 2017
A Fighting Chance should be required reading for every early childhood educator! The book provides a clear description of the different types of disruptive change that children experience along with concrete strategies and resources that classroom teachers, administrators, and support staff can use to nurture resiliency and healthy child development. Humphries and Rains draw on their repertoire of real-life stories gleaned from years of experience working with children experiencing trauma and toxic stress. Their book provides a wealth of ideas and practical advice that will help early childhood professionals address the challenges young children face.”
Review by: Stacy Dykstra - February 13, 2017
“Through snapshots of disruptive change, and its detrimental effects on our children, we’re reminded of the critical role early childhood teachers play. A Fighting Chance provides effective early care and education tools for professionals to integrate into their interactions, creating a safe, consistent place for children to learn and grow. This valuable resource will resonate with policymakers, early childhood professionals, and parents.
Review by: LaDonna Atkins, University of Central Oklahoma - February 7, 2017
A Fighting Chance is a great addition to the trauma focused resources available for early childhood educators. By explaining the impact of trauma and stress, as well as providing practical ideas to support children in the classroom, this book provides guidance teachers need to restore function and build residency in children who suffer from challenging life experiences.”

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