Once you’ve used the ALSUP to identify a student’s lagging skills and unsolved problems, then you’re ready to solve those problems. Far better for the problem solving to be collaborative rather than unilateral. And that’s going to take some getting used to.
How do you solve problems collaboratively? What if the student won’t or can’t participate?
What if the student is too unstable or seems unable to meet virtually any expectations? What if stabilizing the student is the top priority for now? Here’s Heidi O’Leary, Director of Special Services at Maine Administrative School District #75, describing how she created an in-house therapeutic/stabilization program in her district.
Let’s see what it looks like to solve problems collaboratively. In this video, a 10-year old boy and his parents are doing Plan B for the first time. The boy had endured 140 restraints and locked- or blocked-door seclusions in the three months he’d spent at a “therapeutic” school for kids on the autism spectrum. Complex kid? For sure. Were all those restraints and seclusions necessary? No way.
Below are combined data from three special education classrooms in Maine that implemented the CPS model during the 2019-20 school year for the purpose of reducing their use of restraint and seclusion.