The Biting Solution
The Expert's No-Biting Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Early Childhood Educators
How to use this book
Adults' feelings and actions
Biting : a tremendous challenge
Responding to biting when it happens
Demystify misbehavior with the seven questions
Question 1: How much of the child's behavior is related to typical social/emotional development?
Question 2: What past experiences or recent changes may be creating stress?
Question 3: Is the lack of verbal skills causing frustration?
Question 4: Is the child's physical condition a contributing factor?
Question 5: What role does the child's temperament play in the behavior?
Question 6: What effect does the physical environment of the home or early childhood program have on the child?
Question 7: What kind of limit setting is the child experiencing, at home and with other caregivers or teachers?
Ethan, 18 months old : biting games, body boundaries, and high energy
Sophia, 21 months old : bad habits, challenging temperament, and boring toys
Lukas, 22 months old : bottles, blame, and boredom
Abigail, 2 years old : divorce, negative attention, and family day care dynamics
Jayden, 3 years old : social inexperience, speech problems, and sibling issues
Create your own action plan
Create your action plan
Solving other hurtful behaviors with the seven questions
Appendix I: Temperament worksheet form
Action plan form
Injury report form
Incident report form : attempted but interrupted biting
Appendix II: Turn-taking tips
Appendix III: Sample starter phrases, active listening feeling phrases, and difficult feeling words
Appendix IV: no-biting quick pocket guide
Appendix V: lyrics to two songs that teach alternatives to biting
We don't put our teeth on people
Someone you love (the hug song)
Appendix VI: References
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