Common Toddler Behaviors

Join us as we speak with Alyssa, a Developmental Therapist at TEIS. Our videos on common toddler behaviors include:

The 5 Functions of Toddler Behavior.  All behavior is a form of communication.  Medical, Escape, Attention, Tangible, Sensory (MEATS). These five functions help us understand toddler behavior and determine the appropriate response.

Biting.  Parents often wonder where their toddlers could have learned biting as a behavior?  Of course, children try many behaviors to reach their goal, and biting is one they can often use to escape a situation or to get attention.  Watch our video to learn more.

Do You Give Time Outs?  Did you know that time out is not meant to be a punishment? Ideally, time out takes the child away from a stimulating environment to remove environmental reinforcement. “Cool down corner” is another way to think of it, a space away from reinforcement where kiddos can take a break and calm down. Watch our video to learn more.

Planned Ignoring is when we do not respond to a child’s problematic behavior.  No eye contact, smiles, or laughter. The purpose of Planned Ignoring is to take away reinforcing attention. This can remove the power of getting desired attention by spitting, swearing, and other behavior. Often it’s good to model alternative behaviors instead. Watch our video to learn more.

Early Intervention. Was your child premature? Did they suffer complications at birth? Have you been told they may suffer developmental delays?  Early Intervention services can help your child catch up and reach their fullest potential. Watch our video to learn more.

Do you have QUESTIONS about YOUR BABY’S development?

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