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

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