The video above is after a child threw a lot of items in my room. After assessing the situation, I had to put a plan in to action. There will not be a one plan fits all method, but I am going to share some key things with you to help out in these situations.
1.) Remove all audiences. This may mean that you remove every one else from the room or it may mean that the acting out student needs to be removed. Either way... you want to provide the least amount of attention to these negative behaviors.
2.) If a student is doing these behaviors by choice and is in control, try providing forced choices (This is where you give the student 2 ways to complete the task. Example in this situation: "I understand you are upset, but you need to stop throwing. You can squeeze a stress ball or tear up paper in a box." Give them an option of another way to calm themselves without tearing up your room. More information on previous post HERE.) or use Guided Compliance (It is where you guide the student to complete a task, even if this means that you use physical prompting. More info HERE)
3.) If a student has lost control and through your assessment, you have decided that intervening would escalate, just let the whole thing play out. Make sure that the child and everyone around is safe. If you have a crisis team, call for help. A child will wear themselves down and eventually stop.
4.) Talk it out after the child is calm and plan for future events. Ask the child how you can help them to make sure this doesn't happen again. Let them give you some ideas!
You may not be able to stop this from happening:
But... you can be prepared to handle it... What questions do you have about handling this situation?