This does not take the place of training, only serving as a summary and refresher. Be sure to keep your certification updated. While we make an effort to monitor this and notify you, it is your responsibility to stay current. You may contact Karen Corum or myself. There will be a schedule of training opportunities available throughout the year. Know where your certificate is, and be sure to follow the guidelines and interventions approved by TCI. Avoid physical intervention whenever possible and appropriate, and when it is necessary due to imminent risk, only use techniques approved by TCI. It is only to be used for safety.
Remember, the goals are to support and to teach.
Be sure to begin with checking your own state of mind, considering the child’s motives, the environment, and then making a choice.
We want them to learn to use words rather than physical action.
The time is well spent on the front end, saving valuable time later.
Do not neglect the use of these, as they can often defuse situations if used appropriately and in a timely manner.
The adult’s response, based on your professional judgment, is critical in either escalating or deescalating the situation.
You need to consider all four.
Watch your body language and demeanor.
Do not get caught in a struggle for power, the goal is safety.
Plan carefully from the beginning, be careful what is available.
Use this early and sincerely.
Remember, you always use the first three, and then choose from the remaining four.
Do not ignore the interview following the crisis situation.
Each part is important, and works as part of a whole. Do not skip parts.
Be patient and persistent.
Remember, the Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and the Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) serve these purposes.
Always consider these first, and use whenever possible and appropriate.
This is our only goal, the only goal.
Restraint is only used when there is imminent risk, for no other reason.
These are not valid or appropriate reasons. Be sure a restraint never occurs due to one of these.
Use your judgment, and work with your team to have appropriate plans in place.
Proper position is critical. Be sure to practice with your team, review, and contact a trainer if you have any questions or need clarification.
Consider these in developing your plans, and making your decision as to how to best respond.
Keep constant watch for these, and any other warning signs.
Monitor and adjust throughout any crisis situation.
Continue to monitor and adjust.
Be sure to submit the county restraint form to the appropriate contact person for your building, and to Dr. Enloe’s office.