Administrator; Harbor Christian Academy, Cedar Park Texas
by Deborah Baker
(Cedar Park, Texas)
We have many students that have been diagnosed with SPD, and we have had to learn a lot of creative ways to keep peace. We reward daily for no meltdowns, and allow the students to remove themselves from the environment or situation that is causing the meltdowns. It is not uncommon for us to have a student to start a meltdown over not understanding their work or a broken pencil tip.
We have each student at his own "office", so the others are not as aware of each other. The student signals the teacher who walks around constantly by the students, and lets her know that they are getting to a point of stress. She assesses whether they can be helped right then, or if she needs to escort them out of the learning center. It is all calm, and quickly taken care of.
If the students just needs to sit outside the room at a table, he is allowed to. He is also allowed to go to the front office and seek guidance/counseling to help the emotions. We watch for signs constantly and if we can get to the students before they get to the meltdown stage, it is easier on all of us.