Every year, you have at least one student who shows escalating behavior. Your trusty list of de-escalation strategies is ineffective at stopping this disruptive behavior. The reason good strategies, like providing choice or consistently implementing consequences, don’t work 100% of the time is because they are being used regardless of the context of the situation. Providing a choice when a student is at peak escalation may work or it may get something thrown at you.
So the escalating behaviors continue, staff are frustrated that nothing is working, your well-crafted schedule is a joke, the classroom feels tense, and the student at the center of it all is in crisis. Read More »