This system is used in my middle school/high school SPED classroom. I use Velcro to put these cards next to the door. I was struggling with behaviors that included slamming doors, pushing over furniture, and leaving the classroom without asking, but this break system gave my students an appropriate way to request my attention. The system's expectations can change and adapt as students become more independent with self advocating for breaks. These cards are age appropriate and are a great for helping students know they can take space, but that there must be communication between them and a teacher.
Red - Students need a few minutes to calm down, but return on their own after a few minutes
Yellow - Student needs a minute to calm down, and then would like a teacher to come and debrief with them.
Green - Student is frustrated and would like a teacher to come out as soon as possible to process.
When I first introduce this system my expectation is that my students take the appropriate card before taking a break in a break area or the hallway.
When students are independently using the cards, step it up to having them wait for a thumbs up from a teacher. This is helping them take another step towards communication.
Finally when students are independently and consistently waiting for a thumbs up, have them verbally touch base with a teacher before leaving the activity.
This system has been extremely successful in my room, and has helped my students feel empowered to take the space they need without feeling embarrassed or increasing their frustration.
-3 Break Cards front (expectations) and back (encouraging quotes)
-Break data form to help find patterns