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  • 1. Biting
  • 2. Let’s talk about biting…
    • Common behaviour in infant & toddler environments.
    • Very upsetting for children, caregivers & parents!
  • 3. Why does it occur????
    • Child might be frustrated or angry
    • Language skills are not developed enough to say what they want
    • Overcrowding
    • Teething (less common)
  • 4. How does it feel???
    • Let’s take a look at the case study and explore feelings from the different perspectives.
    • Child who is biting, the child who is bitten, the parents of each child, the caregivers…
  • 5. What can we do????
    • Use a combination of indirect and direct guidance strategies
  • 6. Changing the environment
    • Limit frustration by
      • Lots of free play time
      • Consistent limits (but not too many)
      • Easy access to lots of materials
      • Avoid overcrowding and long waiting periods
      • Provide developmentally appropriate experiences and materials
  • 7. Indirect guidance con’t
    • Provide toys that can be bitten
    • Provide ways for children to express feelings and frustrations
    • Use calming techniques
    • Help children express their feelings in words
    • Validate…it’s okay to be angry, direct to a more appropriate place to bite (rubber toy etc.)
  • 8. Direct guidance
    • Comfort the child who has been bitten
    • Do not give too much attention to the child who bites…say in a stern voice “biting hurts”
  • 9. Direct guidance con’t
    • Watch the child to determine why the biting is happening
    • ‘ Shadow’ the child to stop the biting before it happens
    • Redirect the child
    • Give lots of attention for positive behaviour