Kimberly Aultman 

Teaching Children Self-Expression

According to Fox & Lentini (2006), "children who may be considered at risk for challenging behavior are persistently noncompliant, have difficulty regulating their emotions, do not easily form relationships with adults and other
children, have difficulty engaging in learning activities, and are perceived by teachers as being likely to develop more intractable behavior problems." Behaviors send a message, whether positive or negative. We want to encourage children to behave in positive ways, without emphasis on challenging behaviors. When children are given the resources needed to express themselves, there is a reduction in challenging behaviors (Fox & Lentini, 2006). One way to assist children in self-expression is through the use of literature. There are numerous books that emphasize simple emotions such as sad, happy, and mad. However, children need to develop a wider emotional vocabulary in order to fully express themselves. The following presentation quickly outlines a few ways of assisting children with self-expression:

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