Biting! and how to stop it.
You may feel guilty that you are doing something wrong if your child is biting others. Dr Richard Tremblay of the University of Montreal found in a research study of 2-year-olds that 6% of boys, and 4% of the girls were reported to often hit, kick or bite. He reports that humans are more physically aggressive between the ages of 24 and 30 months than at any other time in their lives. So biting is quite common amongst toddlers. Biting can be a simple developmental phase as a result of undeveloped language skills. However it can also be a sign of alarm or high frustration in children. Where biting is happening with older children or is frequent and intense significant steps need to be taken to deal with the underlying emotional cause. Behavioural interventions will not work in these situations. You need an attachment approach. This intervention gives parents and teachers a map to understand children who bite and then a guide to how to stop this scaring and hurtful habit. It can be done!
An intervention for parents and teachers, this product is available for immediate download as a PDF file after purchase.
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Oftentimes biting is a symptom of an underlying emotional issue. We recommend that parents and teachers consider the adult-child attachment relationship and the anxiety state of the child when intervening to stop a child from biting. Our resources on this are evidence based and attachment friendly for parents and teachers.
Because biting leaves serious physical marks on other children and adults it is imperative that the underlying causes are quickly and accurately addressed so that the biter is stopped and other people are protected.
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