While it is important to have a response strategy for student “meltdowns”, it is equally (if not more important!) to make sure supports are put in place to prevent a negative behavior from occurring in the first place. This may include asking a student to complete 2-3 very easy problems before tackling a more difficult one or visually chunking the information to help the student focus and feel less overwhelmed. The links below may be helpful.
Even with our best efforts, a student may get so frustrated or upset that the negative behavior occurs. In this case, try utilizing a Classroom Calming Corner where students can go to briefly get away from the frustrating task or overstimulating activity. As you’ve mentioned, it is a good idea to try to have the student remain in the classroom rather than send him out to prevent this behavior from becoming an avoidance tactic as well as to promote self-calming strategies.
The Classroom Calming Corner should be a safe place where a student can go to calm himself using pre-taught strategies for a short amount of time. The goal is to give the student a “time away” so that his behavior does not escalate any further. The Classroom Calming Corner is a positive place that rewards students for keeping their emotions in check and using strategies to calm themselves so that learning can occur.