Saturday, July 13, 2013

Help for Little Ones Who Sometimes Bite

I have worked with lots of  little ones who sometimes bite to get what they want.  They just don't know what else to do!  I know how frustrating it can be for adults to work with little ones who bite, but imagine how frustrated they feel when they don't know any other way to get what they want or lack the impulse control to "use their words".

In order to help kids have the skills they need when they want something you have to practice.  While I was on my walk today this little song started churning in my head.  I decided to add some cute clipart and make it into a poster to share with you.  My assistants have always teased me about my uncanny ability to put just about anything to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". 

I would encourage you to use this song during happy times when you have the opportunity to practice.  You will give the children lots of opportunities to get someone's attention by tapping them on the arm or leg and then ask for a turn.  You will also help them practice what to do if the other child says "no" when they ask for a turn.  It is important to learn that sometimes you have to wait.  This song will help you practice and you could add some simple sign language with it as you teach it to the children.  Suggested signs would be "play", "friend", "please",  and "I love you".

This song is sung to the tune of none other than my favorite, "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."  Here is the link to the download
Dr. Becky Bailey has an intense biting protocol that she shares in her Infant Toddler Trainings if you are interested in what to do with chronic biters.  You can see more about Conscious Discipline training opportunities by visiting the website: