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Behavior Assistance

Behavior Assistance for Preschool Teachers

When children struggle with aggressive, disruptive, or withdrawn behaviors, it affects their learning and development.

The key to success is early assessment and intervention that involves the child, family, and educational, social and community setting.

Oakland Schools offers workshops for early childhood educators that focus on addressing challenging behaviors and promoting the social and emotional competence of infants, toddlers, and young children.

Phone consultation with an early childhood mental health consultant is also available for infant, toddler, and preschool staff. Contact our early childhood behavior support hotline at 248.209.2366 or email.

Many children use challenging behaviors as they grow, mature, and learn how to interact with others. 

When challenging behaviors occur frequently, persistently, and/or with intensity, it may indicate that a young child needs extra help or support. 

Indicators may include:

  • ​Hurting self or others
  • Excessive screaming
  • Destroying property
  • Difficulty calming self
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • ​Toileting issues
  • Silent and/or withdrawn
  • Running awa​y
  • Difficulty participating in group experiences
  • Difficulty moving from one activity to another

Developmental Screenings

Is It Necessary?

A developmental screening is one way of gathering information to determine if extra support is needed. This type of screening should be done before completing the social emotional screening.

Free Online Screen Tool

Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ)

Click the link below for more information or to complete a free online developmental and social emotional screening.


Karen Anthony

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
School: 2482092366