University of Exeter
Tools for Schools
When things go wrong

When things go wrong

Key Points

This strategy is about supporting the child to understand their feelings about a problem or task and helping them to find a reaction that is appropriate



The child gets overwhelmed when they don’t know how to finish a worksheet, but the teacher has moved on to a different task before they can figure it out, they may feel very angry about not having time to get support, potentially leading to  injury to themselves or others.

Consider an “in case of emergency” button on their desk (a laminated red splodge) they can “press” or hold up, which indicates to a teacher or TA they need to leave the classroom and find a quiet room to deescalate




Extra info

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Related strategies: See also No thanks! in the Pausing for Thought module