De-escalation strip

De-escalation strip
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Sending the student to the Principal's office or having suspension is not the best De-Escalation strategy because the student will not only face a loss in instructional time but also will not have any refuge from trauma/suffering in his home life.

Storyboard Text

  • Why can't mom and dad just get along? Why did dad have to hurt mom? I'm so tired, why do I have to go to school?
  • Antecedent: Victim/Witness of Domestic Violence
  • Good Morning class! Please turn in your homework.
  • Here's my homework.
  • It was really easy!
  • Teacher unaware of home situation
  • Oh no! Homework!
  • Ryan, do you have your homework?
  • I'm very disappointed Ryan. You'll need to spend your recess doing your homework.
  • Um...No
  • Trigger
  • Hey, sorry man! Didn't mean to bump into you.
  • Heightened state of vigilance . . . Survival.
  • Oww! That HURT!
  • Ryan punches the student that bumped into him and starts screaming.
  • POW! POW!
  • Behavior: Fight or Flight reaction
  • Ryan, I want you to go with me outside in the hallway to discuss this. Can we please do that now? Ryan, let's go outside in the hallway to discuss this further.
  • Consequence/De-escalation strategy
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