Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Preschool Program, Second Edition Downloadable Resources

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DECA Preschool Program Second Edition Planning Forms: Promoting Social Skills for Children

Challenging Behavior Teacher Resources


  • Devereux Resources

    The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment – Clinical Version (DECA-C):A behavioral rating scale that assesses both protective factors and behavioral concerns in children ages 2-5.  Scales on the DECA-C include Initiative, Self-Control, Attachment, Total Protective Factors, Aggression, Attention Problems, Withdrawal/Depression, and Emotional Control Problems.  While parents and teachers complete the rating, the DECA-C must be scored and interpreted by a qualified professional with training in test interpretation.

    Facing the Challenge 2 Disc DVDs: Over 120 minutes of video from real classrooms, expert interviews, and instruction on how to prevent and address challenging behaviors in young children.  Use these teacher resources for staff development either as a stand alone video, or, with the accompanying trainer/facilitator guide.

    Classroom Moments DVD: Broken into six categories (Prevention in Action, Observation Segments, Positive Guidance, Learning Opportunities, Pre-Case Study, and Post-Intervention Case Study), these ambient video clips are a great enhancement to any presentation, training session, or staff meeting to discuss prevention of and intervention with challenging behaviors, or promotion of social skills for children. A trainer/facilitator guide provides many options for us in staff development.

    FLIP IT (R):  Transforming Challenging Behavior Book The four steps of the FLIP IT problem-solving process are Feelings, Limits, Inquiries and Prompts.  Use these steps when a child is using a challenging behavior, or, stuck in a difficult situation.  Promotes healthy social skills for children!  Parents and teachers alike LOVE FLIP IT!


  • Professional Development

    Facing the Challenge:  Helping Teachers Better Work with Children with Challenging Behavior Train-the-Trainer Session

    In this 2.5-day intensive, interactive train-the-trainer session, participants delve more deeply into the understanding of, prevention of, and planned responses to challenging behaviors in preschool children. In this session, participants will learn:

    • How to prepare and deliver trainings of varying lengths on challenging behaviors
    • To customize training modules to create their own workshops that meet the particular needs of their audiences
    • To illustrate the behavioral planning process using real classroom footage from Facing the Challenge and Classroom Moments, two DVDs developed by the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative in partnership with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
    • Strategies from the best-selling book by Barbara Kaiser and Judy Sklar-Rasminsky, Challenging Behavior in Young Children

    1-Day Facing the Challenge:  Helping Teachers Beter Work with Children with Challenging Behavior Session

    This 1-Day session will help early childhood educators better understand, prevent, and plan for challenging behaviors. The main areas of focus will be on defining challenging behavior, learning about child development and why kids misbehave, exploring prevention and intervention strategies, and following a child through the behavioral planning process with use of real classroom footage from the DVDs Facing the Challenge and Classroom Moments, two resources created by the DECI. In addition to DVD footage, the training will focus on content from the best-selling book by Barbara Kaiser and Judy Sklar-Rasminsky, Challenging Behavior in Young Children.

    FLIP IT (R) Train-the-Trainer Session

    This two-day train-the-trainer session is an interactive session that teaches participants to use a four-step strategy that helps young children identify their feelings, learn healthy self-control, and reduce challenging behavior. In this session, participants will learn:

    • The importance of the four steps of FLIP IT(Feelings, Limits, Inquiries, and Prompts) as they relate to the healthy social skills for children and strong emotional development
    • Skills to use this concrete strategy immediately in the classroom
    • Ways to deliver a standardized one-day FLIP IT training, or a series of five workshops

    1-Day FLIP IT Training

    This one day training teaches participants the four supportive steps of FLIP IT that are designed to help young children (ages 3-8) learn about their feelings, gain self-control and reduce challenging behavior. The four steps are embodied in the FLIP IT mnemonic which stands for F – Feelings, L – Limits, I – Inquiries, P – Prompts. This strategy is nothing new, but transforms best practice into something that is easy to remember, applicable in a variety of challenging situations and portable. This training is designed to support DECA users but can also be for programs who are looking for best practices on promoting social skills for children and reducing challenging behavior.

    FLIP IT 0nline course

    When a child’s challenging behavior demands your attention, it is hard to know what to say and do. FLIP IT can be your guide! This course will teach participants the four supportive steps of FLIP IT that are designed to help young children (ages 3-8) learn about their feelings, gain self-control and reduce challenging behavior. This on-line learning course has a running time of 2.5 hours. Upon completion of the course, 0.5 CEUs are offered (5 hours) factoring in time for the interactive pieces, reflection, application of the skill, and learning assessment. The cost of the CEUs are $25 and are offered through Western Kentucky University. The course can be completed over time and not in just one sitting. For more information or to take this course, click here!

  • Useful Resources and Weblinks

    Center for the Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL) – Videos, handouts, and professional development modules for educators to promote healthy social and emotional development and prevent challenging behaviors. http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/

    Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Interventions (TACSEI) – Producst and resources based on the research  shown to improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities.  www.challengingbehavior.org

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation resources.  www.samhsa.gov/children/earlychildhood_mentalhealth.asp

    Challenging Behavior in Young Children, 3rd Edition, by Barbara Kaiser and Judy Sklar-Rasminsky, 2012.  www.challengingbehavior.com