Dr. Suzanne Fanger: Understanding the Excluder: Why Young Children Exclude Their Peers
Dr. Suzanne Fanger returns to Bread and Roses to share practical solutions and findings in the study of peer exclusion among preschool-age children. Her work focuses on developing socio-emotional curriculum and helping parents and educators solve the social issues of young children. Addressing these issues early in life has a positive impact on future tween, teen and adult behavior.
Peer exclusion can be extremely harmful for both victims and perpetrators. Being excluded results in short and long term consequences from low self esteem, social withdrawal, depression and self-destruction. Excludees may exhibit anti-social behavior, self harm, and eating disorders. Thus, a more complete understanding of children’s peer exclusion is important to enable parents and teachers to better understand the most effective ways to help both children victimized by peer exclusion and those who frequently engage in exclusionary behavior.
We'll discuss the various reasons why young children use exclusion, and the importance of developing children’s social skills, and how to create environments that minimize the occurance of exclusion.
Leigh Anne Kranz hosts.