When a Child Bites: Prevention and Intervention

Biting is a developmentally appropriate behavior often seen in toddlers and two year olds. As a child matures, gains self-control, develops problem-solving skills, and is able to verbalize their needs, they typically outgrow this behavior. Participants will discuss the reasons why a child bites and learn strategies to help them move through this stage of development.


  • Carrie Becker

    Early Childhood Specialist

    Carrie Becker

    Carrie Becker is an educational consultant who specializes in early childhood and special education. She has an undergraduate degree in elementary/special education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Carrie uses her 20+ years of experience working with children and families to design professional development workshops that inspire teachers to reflect upon and grow their teaching practices. She is passionate about creating environments that foster authentic learning experiences for both children and adults.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    • Introduction to Carrie Becker
    • Biting Introduction
    • Workshop Objectives
    • How Did You Feel?
    • Tear it Up!
    • Quote About Behavior
    • Child's Strengths
    • Recognizing our Emotions
    • Survey: Your Emotions and Reactions
  • 2
    Why do Children Bite?
    • Why do you think children bite?
    • Why do young children bite?
    • Some Reasons Young Children Bite
    • How do you respond to a bite?
    • Survey: How do you respond?
    • Ways to Respond
    • Case Study: Adam
    • Case Study Questions
    • Ways not to Respond
  • 3
    • Age Appropriate Expections
    • Sensory Needs
    • Schedules and Routines
    • Positive Guidance
    • When Biting Happens Repeatedly
    • Items to Bite
    • Communicating with Parents
    • Developing a Plan
    • Behavior Guidance Plan
    • Transforming Early Childhood Education
    • Additional Resources
  • 4
    Final Quiz and Course Feedback
    • Final Quiz
    • Course Feedback