Back to School: A Plan-Ahead Crisis Guide For Behavior Management

Back to School: A Plan-Ahead Crisis Guide For Behavior Management
Back to School: A Plan-Ahead Crisis Guide For Behavior Management
Back to School: A Plan-Ahead Crisis Guide For Behavior Management
Back to School: A Plan-Ahead Crisis Guide For Behavior Management
Back to School: A Plan-Ahead Crisis Guide For Behavior Management
Back to School: A Plan-Ahead Crisis Guide For Behavior Management
Back to School: A Plan-Ahead Crisis Guide For Behavior Management
Back to School: A Plan-Ahead Crisis Guide For Behavior Management
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Seeking an innovative behavior management plan for your home or classroom?

This download contains everything necessary to create and post a coping plan. Coping plans are great for youth with high-risk or volatile behaviors, including those diagnosed with Intermittent Explosive Disorder, youth who head-butt and/or punch hard surfaces when in distress, and any youth at-risk of harming themselves or others in moments of extreme emotion. These coping plans include five themes of the following documents…

♥ A posted safe word
♥ “What to do before a crisis” poster
♥ “What to do during a crisis” poster, and
♥ “What to do after a crisis” poster

Simply download, complete with your child or student, and implement! After each implementation, you and your child/student may wish to make changes to reflect what works and what might work better. I suggest hanging these in visible areas, such as in an identified safe space in the school, or in multiple locations in your home, such as the living room, kitchen, and your child’s room.

ABOUT SAFE WORDS...

A safe word is a word you don’t usually use in conversation, like hourglass, that connotes something else. What your safe word connotes will depend on the needs of your child or student. Some examples:

♥ “Hourglass” used by teacher or mom might mean, “We need to use the coping plan right now.” It’s a lot easier and more approachable to say “hourglass” than “Kiddo, we’re using our crisis plan currently!”

♥ “Hourglass” used by your student or child might mean, “I’m going to my safe space right now, which is step 1 of our coping plan.” “Hourglass” is a lot easier to say than, “I’m leaving the classroom right now to go to the office because Student M laughed at me and I think I might fight them.”

♥ “Hourglass” used by a parent might mean, “Child L’s siblings, we’re using the crisis plan right now, so you need to go to your rooms and shut the door until Dad or I come get you. This is so we can all calm down and stay safe.”

I suggest using “hourglass” as the safe word. It’s not a word folks use often, and it is a great reminder crises and difficult feelings don’t last forever.

ABOUT THE FIRST PART OF THIS CRISIS PLAN...

The first part of this three part plan is “Before A Crisis.” In this download you will find “Before a Crisis” posters in five themes, matching the 5 hourglasses.

By including a “Before a Crisis” section in planning, outcomes may include…

♥ Your student or child’s increased awareness of when they’re entering crisis mode,
♥ Over time, increased ability to self-regulate, and
♥ Over time, fewer full-blown crises.

ABOUT THE SECOND PART OF THIS CRISIS PLAN...

The second part of this three part plan is “During A Crisis.” In this download you will find “During a Crisis” posters in five themes, matching the 5 hourglasses.

In this section I encourage you to color code. Brain’s aren’t fully functional during crises, so creating as many memory devices as possible is advised.

Please assure your child or student takes the lead in planning. This increases the likelihood they will utilize these plans in the moment, and increase buy-in overall.

ABOUT THE THIRD PART OF THIS CRISIS PLAN...

The third part of this plan is “After A Crisis.” In this download you will find “After a Crisis” posters in five themes.

Children and teens tend to feel ashamed or embarrassed after a crisis that includes negative behaviors. At times, schools and families don’t know (or forget) that mental health is a brain thing not a character thing. In other words, if a psychiatrist changes your child or student’s medications, your child or student’s mental health condition isn’t fully controlled by medication or treatment, etc., and your student or child has an extreme behavior, like attempting suicide, exploding and destroying a room, etc., that is a symptom of their diagnosis. That behavior is not within their control. It does not reflect their character. Planning ahead for what happens after a crisis can help remind us of these things, as well as remove stigma, embarrassment, and/or shame for your child or student.

THEMES OF THE COPING PLANS INCLUDED IN THIS DOWNLOAD...

The five themes for the coping plans included in this download are...

♥ Rainbows and hearts,
♥ Yellow and springtime,
♥ Blue and robots,
♥ The seasons and sunset, and
♥ Fantasy and castles.
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