15 Ways to Support Learners Who Run Away from School Experiences

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

1. Do not give the student additional chances to run away by seating the student in the hallway, sending him from class, etc.

2. Take into account alternative forms of negative consequences if current consequences cause the student to run away. Do not use negative consequences that contribute to a worsening of the situation.

3. Intervene early and often to prevent the student from becoming upset enough to run away.

4. Give the student a quiet space as an alternative to running away. This can be a space where the student elects to go as a form of self-control instead of running away.

5. Find the student’s favorite learning activities and give as many of these as possible throughout the day.

6. Do not criticize when correcting the student; be honest yet compassionate. Never cause the student to feel bad about themselves.

7. Intervene early and often when there is a problem to prevent more severe problems from happening.

8. Make sure there will be adult supervision at all times for the student (e.g., during P.E., recess, lunch, etc.).

9. Always treat the student with the utmost respect. Talk objectively at all times.

10. Do not embarrass the student by giving them orders, requirements, etc., in front of others.

11. Teach the student acceptable ways to express displeasure, anger, frustration, etc.

12. Take the student away from the learning experience until they can demonstrate appropriate behavior and self-control.

13. Teach the student to think before acting (e.g., they should ask themselves, “What is happening?” “What am I doing?” “What should I do?” “What will be best for me?”).

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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