15 Strategies to Help Learners Who Run Away from School Experiences

Are you looking for strategies to help students who run away from school experiences? If so, keep reading.

1. Organize the student’s surroundings (e.g., change seating, increase supervision, lessen stimuli that contribute to running away, etc.) to lessen chances to run away from the school/classroom.

2. Provide supervision of the student at all times and in all portions of the school.

3. Provide visibility to and from the student. The teacher and the student should be able to see each other at all times. Make eye contact possible at all times.

4. Give the student many chances for academic and social success.

5. Record attendance with the student.

6. Provide the student a responsibility to be performed at several times throughout the day.

7. Show tasks in the most attractive and exciting manner possible.

8. Talk regularly with the student to continue involvement in the learning experience (e.g., ask the student questions, ask the student’s opinion, stand near the student, seat the student near your desk, etc.).

9. Make the appropriate adjustments in their surroundings to prevent the student from experiencing stress, frustration, anger, etc., as much as possible.

10. Make sure all school staff members are aware of the student’s tendency to run away.

11. Restrict the student’s independent movement in the school environment.

12. Talk with the student about ways to deal with unpleasant experiences that would typically cause them to run away (e.g., talk to a teacher, visit with a counselor, go to a quiet area in the school, etc.).

13. Find variables in their surroundings that cause the student to become upset and lessen or remove those variables.

14. Consider using an adaptive behavior management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

15. Click here to learn about six bonus strategies for challenging problem behaviors and mastering classroom management.

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