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Children that fall Out

  • 1.  Children that fall Out

    Posted 11-09-2019 07:29 PM

    Hello everyone !

    I have a child in my classroom that literally throws himself back from a standing position to the floor, he will fall out backwards many times if he cannot take a toy from another child, have his way or hit other children. I have discussed this with his guardian and I try not to give it too much attention, but I do try to address this when he does it telling him that I care for him and that all he has to do is find another toy or get a similar toy. Using some kind of positive redirection with him.

    could you all please tell me what are some things that you all do to redirect this type of behavior?

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    Georgia Wallace
    Owner/Operator
    Happy & Learning Child Development Center ,LLC
    Milwaukee WI
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  • 2.  RE: Children that fall Out

    Posted 11-11-2019 01:05 AM
    Hi Georgia, kindly do a behavioural plan for the child.
    Also, show him more love and keep talking to him.
    Good luck.
    Elizabeth Adefunke Ojebor.






  • 3.  RE: Children that fall Out

    Posted 24 days ago
    Thank you so very much !

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    Georgia Wallace
    Owner/Operator
    Happy & Learning Child Development Center ,LLC
    Milwaukee WI
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  • 4.  RE: Children that fall Out

    Posted 11-11-2019 08:37 AM
    Hi Georgia,

    I would definitely set up some kind of SIMPLE behavior plan targeting ONLY this particular reaction.  Also, give him alternatives (i.e., hug a pillow, stamp his feet, etc.) and each time he chooses alternative and much safer behavior, he gets reward.  I would concentrate first on the safety factor and then on the asking for toy, get similar toy, afterwards.  Behavior plans work if they are simple, consistent and if parents can somehow reward behavior at home it is even better.  The thing to be careful about is how you reward- praise is best and perhaps longterm goal (i.e., extra time with favorite toy) so you can help avoid intrinsic/extrinsic factor.  Another technique that works well is to recognize him every time he engages in some other positive behavior.

    Stay calm....
    Gina James

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    Gina James
    Teacher
    NYCDOE
    Williston Pk NY
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  • 5.  RE: Children that fall Out

    Posted 24 days ago
    Thnk you I will definantely do that !

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    Georgia Wallace
    Owner/Operator
    Happy & Learning Child Development Center ,LLC
    Milwaukee WI
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  • 6.  RE: Children that fall Out

    Posted 11-11-2019 10:05 AM
    How old is the child? If the child can talk give him the words to use  to ask the child for the toy. Most of the time the other child is not going to hand the toy over.  But explain to the boy he will have to wait in till the other child is done and then you can have the toy. Also asking the other child in front of the boy with the toy when he/she is done with the toy please give the boy a turn. This can give the child reinsurance that he will get a turn. Hopefully this is a phrase the boy is going through falling backwards can lead to serious injuries.

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    Amelia Morgan
    Cleveland OH
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  • 7.  RE: Children that fall Out

    Posted 29 days ago
    Hello Georgia,
    As the classroom environment has so much to do with the children's experience playing in your classroom it affects their behavior.
    I often suggest getting more toys on the shelves so there's more opportunity to pick what they want to do.
    Many classroom shelves have only a few toys and teachers say the children just make a mess, so they have less toys.
    This sets up the situation for misbehavior.
    Redesign the classroom environment to have more opportunities for self directed play.
    Also table time for children learning how to put toys back on the shelves.
    Thank you
    Melanie

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    Melanie Smith
    The Preschool Doctor
    thepreschooldoctor.com
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  • 8.  RE: Children that fall Out

    Posted 29 days ago
    Hello Georgia,
    I have a handful of children with challenges as well, but yours is unique. Wow! Falling backward. I'd be concerned for his safety first.
    In my classroom, I have a "Cozy Corner". It's filled with books and stuffies, (no toys) a huge beanbag, and lots of different textured throw pillows, a silky baby blanket, and a mirror. I usually take the child who is acting out aside, get down on their eye level and ask them if they'd like to go to Cozy Corner until they can get all of their "big" feelings out and then we can talk and figure out how to fix what happened. Most of my students go willingly. However, I do have a few that need to be escorted. I make sure to tell them it's NOT a punishment. The mirror is a HUGE help because they don't realize how they look when they are angry or distressed. Most of the time when they see how uncomfortable or scary they look they start self-calming. I also have a small CD with headphones there with relaxing classical music for them to listen too. Classical music alters brain waves and literally calms. The books I have in a woven basket have to do with "feelings" and NOT bad behaviors. It usually takes them about 5 minutes to stop crying before they get interested in the objects in my Cozy Corner. They love to "read" the books and listen to the music usually with the blanket.

    I have a few screamers in my class. I let them go there and scream into the pillows to get their "big" feelings out. I tell them when they've screamed it out we will talk when they are ready. For the screamers, stompers, and those that "pitch a fit" the other students are told to ignore that behavior. Without an audience the out of control child soon loses interest.

    Very important tip:
    When they come out of Cozy Corner they are usually exhausted. Be sure to ask if they'd like water and then LISTEN to what they have to say. If they are stuck using their words use LEADING QUESTIONS. Most importantly be sure to emphasize that while you LOVE them you don't like their BEHAVIOR or CHOICES. Be sure they know their is a difference. Many children don't.

    Hope this helps. Sorry I got long-winded in my advice. I'm very passionate about this subject.
    Good luck!

    Debbie

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    Deborah Cutshall
    Vonore TN
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  • 9.  RE: Children that fall Out

    Posted 24 days ago
    Thank you so much !  My classroom is carpeted and also has a quiet corner with many, many pillows and a carpeted rug . these child ren have so many toys I even bought multiple and I have been hugging and showing hime more love so hopefully this works !
    Thank you so much and thanks for the wonderful tips !

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    Georgia Wallace
    Owner/Operator
    Happy & Learning Child Development Center ,LLC
    Milwaukee WI
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  • 10.  RE: Children that fall Out

    Posted 19 days ago
    Georgia,
    How did it go??

    As a physical therapist with a side job as a preschool movement teacher, my immediate thought to your question was can you provide a safe place for him to fall?  So if you see him fall, can you redirect him to a corner with a large thick crash ma?  You can create one affordably with a mattress or multiple thick pillows. It gives him a safe place to satisfy his need for that sensation.


    I would try adding vestibular system activities into your day. Satisfy his sensory need in other ways, to decrease the unwanted behavior. Good luck! Happy to send you a resource.

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    Mary Lynn Hafner, PT, DPT
    www.marylynndpt.com
    Physical Therapist. Early Childhood Educator and Author.
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  • 11.  RE: Children that fall Out

    Posted 18 days ago

    I have started working with his vocabulary and using positive words and working on having them share and lots of hugs loves and time I also encouraged his guardian to do the same! I haven't had anymore lately��






  • 12.  RE: Children that fall Out

    Posted 12 days ago
    I bet this is difficult for you when you have other children in the classroom. Just keep talking to him and telling him that you are caring for him. Create a positive environment for him with clam toys or a calm down area with toys of his own that he can play with. good luck

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    Cheryl Morris
    Saint Louis MO
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