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Key Points

This strategy is about understanding what things in the school and class environment make an individual student more likely to do something impulsive or become upset, and making adjustments around these




For example, if there is another teacher that the student struggles to be close to, consider how you can have that teacher drop by and have very small but positive interactions with the student. Use the Know Me activity to help with this: if the student is interested in animals perhaps the staff member could stop by the class to show a picture of their pets to you (the teacher), and you can invite the student to come and share the experience and see the picture

If the child shows distress, it is important to stop the exposure, praise them for trying and allow them to remove themselves from the situation. When the child has calmed down, allow the child to talk it through (where time/ resources allow) and make a plan for what to try next/ how to make trying again easier for the child



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Related strategies: See also When things go wrong, Fizzy feelings