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Time is money

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2016

The old adage "time is money" could not be more applicable to the school routine. Yet many of us overlook one of the biggest time and money wasters in the district: paper-pencil behavior management data collection. That paper-pencil process is a colossal waste of time. And when staff waste time, the... More >>


Power Struggles

MONDAY, AUGUST 29TH, 2016

Kids with challenging behaviors are prone to default to power struggles with administrators, teachers, and support staff on a routine basis. A power struggle, in its simplest terms, is often a test of wills with someone winning and someone losing. However, when staff who work with students with chal... More >>


Transitions

MONDAY, AUGUST 15TH, 2016

Transition time can be tough on students with challenging behaviors. Moving from one activity to the next often presents opportunities for behavioral issues. In many cases those behavioral issues can be avoided if staff understand the vantage point of the student and anticipate the potential challen... More >>


Red Zone

MONDAY, AUGUST 1ST, 2016

Transitions are hard for kids with challenging behaviors. Transitions mean change, and kids with challenging behaviors tend to have a tough time with change. Kids in general like order. They like a routine and a predictable schedule. Kids with challenging behaviors need that predictability even more... More >>


Holds and Restraints

MONDAY, JULY 18TH, 2016

Holds and restraints are at the far end of the continuum of behavior management interventions. Students with challenging behaviors are among the population of students where holds and restraints are most common. The most basic rule of thumb in regard to holds and restraints is simple; avoid the use... More >>


De-escalation

MONDAY, JULY 4TH, 2016

We have all seen it more than a couple of times. A student with challenging behaviors is in "melt-down" mode. Interventions, applied by teachers, staff and administrators, while well-intentioned, have all been unsuccessful. The student is out of instructional control and the main objective at this p... More >>


Seclusion Rooms

SATURDAY, JULY 2ND, 2016

One of the most common challenges school staff face in meeting the needs of students with a challenging behaviors is related to the issue of the use of seclusion rooms. A seclusion room and a "time away" room may be the same physical location but should not be used for the same reason. A time away r... More >>


Meltdowns

MONDAY, JUNE 20TH, 2016

We have all seen it more than a couple of times. A student with a behavioral disability is in "melt-down" mode. Interventions, applied by teachers, staff and administrators, while well-intentioned, have all been unsuccessful. The student is out of instructional control and the main objective at this... More >>


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