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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM ON PHONE OR TABLET All young children are learning how to interact in a complicated social world with little experience. A child with a disability may have even more limited skills for navigating the social scene of child care than a child without a disability. When adults teach all children, with and without disabilities, new and more appropriate behaviors to replace challenging behaviors, we show children that it’s important that everyone knows how to get along. To prevent expulsion, you can take several proactive steps. Provide clear expectations and behavior guidelines in your family handbook. Connect with local supports that provide you with tools. Observe and document. Stay connected with families. Develop an intervention plan with the staff and families. Provide Clear Expectations and Behavior Guidelines in Your Family Handbook •• Develop a clear plan for steps that will be taken when extreme behavior challenges occur. •• Provide these guidelines to all parents and guardians upon enrollment. •• Make it a policy to refrain from expelling or suspending children, and spell out the ways in which you as a care provider will seek support. •• Make it clear how you expect families to seek assistance and answers through early childhood screening or a mental health referral. Connect with Local Supports That Provide You with Tools •• Find other providers in your area with whom you can meet regularly or connect on the phone. Build a positive support network in your area. •• Enroll in trainings, especially those that focus on guidance strategies, mental health, and social-emotional development. •• Know the contact information of school districts, local hospitals, and assessment and evaluation providers in the community. Observe and Document •• Upon each child’s enrollment in the program, start taking notes about the day-to-day behaviors you observe. These notes will help you track a child’s social-emotional devel- opment and tune in to any behavior changes or challenges that may arise. •• For a child with behavior challenges, keep a running record of what engages the child when calm, peers with whom the child has positive interactions, and information the family shares about the child’s home routine and sleep pattern. This information will help guide your behavioral strategies with the child. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 15