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Maui, Hawaii: Preschoolers being expelled for "aggression, tantrums and noncompliance"

Sept 10, 2017, Maui News: ‘You are not alone’—Dealing with ‘challenging behavior’ was topic for 52 early childhood professionals http://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2017/09/you-are-not-alone/ Screaming, hitting, kicking, biting. Dealing with a defiant child — especially in the throes of a meltdown — can be challenging, to say the least. Even so, it’s not an impossible feat, assured early childhood consultant and trainer Barb O’Neill. ... O’Neill addressed a group of 52 early childhood professionals representing 27 organizations and institutions Saturday as the keynote speaker for a daylong workshop hosted by Imua Family Services at the organization’s Kahului office. ...

“Challenging behavior” can run the gamut from temper tantrums and noncompliance to more aggressive or self-injurious behavior that can endanger a child as well as his or her classmates, explained Imua Family Services Program Director Bobbie-Jo Moniz-Tadeo. …

O’Neill’s message extends far beyond the preschool classroom. According to a 2016 Yale University study, pre-schoolers are expelled at three times the rate of K-12 students because of challenging behaviors like aggression, tantrums and noncompliance. ... The nonprofit organization asked O’Neill to headline this year’s workshop after taking note of an increasing trend, Wong said. “We’ve had an influx of phone calls asking for (preschool) referrals based on challenging behavior,” he said. “Not only is it a highly relevant topic, but Dr. O’Neill’s play-based philosophy is in alignment with Imua’s philosophy.”…