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Challenge of Children is a free, one day conference for parents and caregivers held each year in May. The conference is dedicated to informing, educating, motivating, and offering support and networking on child development, child guidance, and other issues related to parenting.

The very first Challenge of Children Conference was held in 1982. The conference continues to draw over a thousand parents and caregivers annually from West Michigan and throughout the state. May 18, 2017 is the 35th anniversary of the Challenge of Children Conference. What is more important is that over 30,000 parents and caregivers have bettered themselves for the children whose lives they touch.

Dealing with Challenging Behaviors

By Adam Holland, Ph.D.

From time to time, all children exhibit challenging behaviors. The way we respond to those behaviors can help children grow in phenomenally powerful ways. In this keynote, we will discuss some common mistakes we all make, the best way to respond to challenging behaviors, and why these techniques work.

About Adam Holland, Ph.D.

Adam Holland photo Adam Holland is a Research Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has taught first grade, pre-kindergarten, and three year-olds with special needs but spent most of his teaching career in kindergarten. Dr. Holland's chief interest is in children's motivation and engagement. He has presented on these topics across the US and internationally to a variety of audiences ranging from teachers and administrators to other researchers and professors.