How are schools supposed to handle meltdowns?

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by pattyb, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. pattyb

    pattyb New Member

    Hi all. I wanted to hear some other parent experiences on how meltdowns are handled at school, like among upper elementary age kids or older? By meltdown I mean yelling, running away, throwing things, throwing self on floor, etc. At this point I am sometimes being called to school to help, and at times taking my son home. I'm currently asking for a 1:1 aide to be added to his IEP. But can an aide physically remove a child from a room? Principal mentioned sometimes they can use restraint techniques but only under certain conditions (harming self or others) but what about getting a child out of the room to make him go to resource room, etc.? Or when a child is running through the halls? Just trying to figure out what else could be done to help. Thanks!
  2. HMBgal

    HMBgal Active Member

    My district does a form of safety training. They teach you steps and what to look for at different parts of the melt-down--ramping up, full-blown, then coming down. There are different techniques for each stage. We hardly every use restraint unless it's going to be a 911 emergency. Even if a kid of is eloping and goes into a street, we can't stop them. We have to stop traffic, call the police, and stay there shielding the student with our bodies. If they are tossing a room, we clear the other students out and let them have at it. If they flop down and start screaming, we just stay with them. I don't know. It's a very controversial topic in my school district and it's complicated. But you can ask the school personnel what they do, because if they don't have a plan, it won't go well. They need to be able to share with you what they do. And even when they do have a plan, sometimes it doesn't seem very intuitive. Why on earth would you let a student run into a street. It's not even common sense.
  3. HMBgal

    HMBgal Active Member

    PattyB, no, never allowed to force a child to go anywhere unless it's because the building is on fire or something. No kidding. I've seen a kid refuse to move for 3 hours. He flopped on the playground. He didn't want to go to speech.
  4. Feeling Sad

    Feeling Sad Active Member

    I am a special education teacher...mild to moderate.

    The holds can only be used when a child may endanger themselves; ie running into the street.

    We can never forcefully remove a child. If a 'meltdown' occurs, we are to evacuate the room to keep the other children safe. Then we let them kick and scream.

    If a hold is used, it is very rare. I have never used one, but I have seen other sp. ed. teachers or paraeducators use one. If this happens, a full very detailed report must be filled out.

    The most important thing as a teacher, is to quickly and calmly evacuate the room. Then, I have to stand back and watch supplies and books be destroyed. I have had desks and computers thrown across the room. We just block the exits so that they do not run away or hurt another student. We use techniques to help them calm down. They are usually exhausted after they are done. I learned quickly to keep my cherished things up high.

    Last year I had to evacuate the room 8 times.

    Again, the holds are used very rarely and only to protect the child.
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