This guide focuses on de-escalation strategies and proactive solutions for working with kids and young adults with challenging behaviors. Teachers, support professionals, administrators, and other adults can use de-escalation techniques when working with kids and young adults. Kids and young adults who become agitated, upset, and aggressive more frequently need adults who understand and utilize de-escalation strategies in times of stress. These strategies help kids regain control of their own emotions so they can effectively problem-solve any challenges that arise.
This resource is the ideal training kit to help educators, administrators, and paraprofessionals work with kids and young adults with challenging behaviors. It provides background knowledge on disabilities and challenges that are commonly in need of de-escalation strategies.
Resources consist of detailed training guides, practice scenarios, reference lists, and a quick pocket-guide to help defuse and de-escalate situations on the fly.
Why Learn De-escalation Strategies
Kids and young adults who become emotionally overwhelmed or irritated in a situation may begin to express their emotions in aggressive or violent ways. Some examples of these behaviors might include aggressive posturing, yelling, throwing items, swearing, and making threats. Quite often, without training, these situations become a power struggle between the young adult and the teacher. These power struggles only make the situation worse, though.
The best way to handle these types of behaviors is to de-escalate the situation as soon as possible. De-escalation focuses on helping the student return their emotions back to a normal level. It is critical that the student is calm for a period of time before behavior and expectations are discussed again.
Table of Contents
• Educator Guide
- Understanding Behavior -
• Basic Tips for Managing Challenging Behaviors
• Common Triggers
• Student Stressors and Triggers Form
• Fight or Flight Response
- Proactive Strategies -
• Organization and Routines
• Setting Expectations
• Providing Choices
• Changing Your Words
• Checking Yourself
- De-escalation Strategies -
• Purpose of De-escalation
• Steps for De-escalation
• Student Reflection Form
• Incident Debriefing Form
• Skills to Teach
• Student Skills Checklist
• De-escalation Practice Scenarios
-De-escalation Quick Guide and Lists -
• De-escalation Quick Guide
• De-escalation Strategies and Techniques List
• De-escalation Strategies and Techniques List: What to Avoid
• Proactive Strategies and Techniques List
Materials are for personal and classroom use (not commercial use). To clarify, educators may use materials with their students and/or caseload. Educators, parents, and support professionals may use materials for private tutoring/support with students/clients on a small scale basis. Materials may NOT be used within online paid courses, such as Outschool or Udemy. Please reach out to me with any specific questions on this.
Materials may not be posted freely on the Internet, such as a classroom website or blog. Materials may be shared directly with families and students through Google Classroom and any other password-protected means.
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Disclaimer: These resources and materials are for supplementary support/education purposes and not intended as a replacement for education, counseling, or other necessary supports. Educators, parents, counselors, and others who utilize these materials are encouraged to seek out additional support, as needed.
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