This module focuses on interrupting an escalating behavior cycle to minimize the need for physical intervention or exclusionary discipline. By providing a structured, nurturing environment, using specific strategies, and teaching students appropriate replacement behaviors, school staff can help protect themselves, protect students, and calm tensions to avoid physical or isolative consequences. The learning outcomes for this module include:

  • Identify contributing causes for negative student behavior
  • Understand how adult perceptions can influence actions and reactions
  • Define how supportive environments provide appropriate student regulation skills
  • Describe signs and characteristics of an acting-out cycle
  • Recognize adult responses to interrupt the escalating behavior chain at each stage