Teacher blows the whistle 3 times. This is the signal to line up.
Mark refuses to line up and hides under the slide.
The teacher goes to Mark, kneels down beside him and asks him if he heard the whistle in a calm upbeat voice.
Mark offers no response. The teacher asks Mark if he can go and open the classroom door for the class.
The teacher leaves Mark under the slide to think about his choice. She gives him space to work through his emotions. Mark quickly heads into the school to open the classroom door for the students. An EA follows a distance behind.
The next outside play time, Mark receives a two minute warning before the teacher blows the whistle to line up. The teacher knows that Mark struggles with transitions and control. At this 2 minute warning, Mark is given the choice to line up when he hears the whistle or go into the school now to open the classroom door. He has little control over his complicated life. Providing him a choice, gives him a sense of control. Having Mark open the classroom door, also removes him from the crowded line up where he is overly stimulated by the close proximity and noise. Mark also loves to be a helper so being the one to open the door for the class is enticing to him.