2. Timing Is Everything

There's a big difference between crisis prevention and crisis management. Bottom line: You want to be early, not late

If you want to prevent crises rather than manage them, then you’ll need to be almost totally proactive — in other words, early — in your approach to helping your students. Once a kid spins is escalating or has already spun out of control, you’re late. Once you’re using restraint and seclusion, you’re very late. We need to get you out of the heat of the moment. In this next video, Dr. Greene describes how to get there, and explains the Cycle of Restraint and Seclusion depicted below.

Lives in the Balance Step Diagram

To help you be proactive, the CPS model involves using a simple instrument called the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP) to help you identify — yes, exactly — a student’s lagging skills and unsolved problems. That’s the information that’s been missing. The ALSUP should become the standard pre-referral, triage instrument in your building. And in this video, Dr. Greene explains how to use it.

(You’ll probably want to reference the ALSUP while you’re listening…you can find it here.