5 core components of transforming challenging behavior [Webinar]

In this webinar we were joined by Prerna Richards president and CEO of Together We Grow! Prerna joined us for a discussion on how to transform challenging behaviors in the classroom. Prerna walked us through the 5 basic needs all children need to thrive, and the role we play as educators to ensure these needs are being met in the early years. She shared strategies on how to engage in intentional positive guidance and responsive interactions with young children, and how this will help foster relationships that are built on trust. She also walked us through how to manage stress and overwhelm in a busy environment. This is not a webinar you want to miss!

🎤Our Special Guests:

Prerna Richards- President and CEO of Together We Grow!

Prerna Richards is a coach, consultant, trainer, and international speaker. She has been in the early childhood education field for the past 35 years and started her consulting business two years ago called Together We Grow to provide professional development, coaching, and consulting for educators and individual families. Her educational philosophy is grounded in a play-based approach along with a strong social-emotional foundation. She is the winner of Susan Hargrave’s trainer of the year award from TXAEYC in 2020.

🧪Key Learning Outcomes from Prerna!

  • Children have 5 basic needs that they need and deserve to thrive; to be seen, heard, understood, accepted and loved.
  • Trust is key in fostering safe and nurturing relationships between child and adult.
  • To provide intentional positive guidance to children, support them by describing the behavior, encourage them to label their emotions and ask for clarification when needed.
  • In order to offer children responsive interactions, we need to be fully present with the child. We need to listen, respond, observe, and over correct their actions.
  • In order to manage overwhelm and transform challenging behaviour, you need to prioritize your self care. Understand your triggers, have a plan to focus on responding instead of reacting, and practice breathing strategies.


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Maddie Hutchison

Maddie is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a Master's in Early Childhood Studies. Her specialty is in Children's Rights and she is currently a Content Strategist for HiMama!