These are 10 simple ways to prevent challenging behaviour escalating by making small changes to your interaction. In our PBS training these are called active interventions. In reality there are thousands of these. Add yours to the comments below!
Visual supports at all times – Social stories, wait cards, timers.
Demonstrate that access to gardens or open space is available.
Ask for help with a job.
Identifying early “warning signs” and acting positively before escalation occurs – Not using “No” or “Stop”.
Non-verbal direction – i.e showing favoured object rather than making request.
Engaging in less structured games and simple activities during choice & break times (even just parallel play).
Allowing only 1 adult to speak/direct a student.
Change of face – Don’t be afraid to back down you are an adult.
Use of non-contingent rewards when you identify a potential issue.
Allowing space and time (as much as the student needs).
Using these interventions I have managed to avoid situations that would have resulted in distress and disruption to the children I work with. Next time you think a child is in need of some support give these a go.