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ERIC Number: EJ886984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
How Long Is a Minute? The Importance of a Measured Plan of Response to Crisis Situations
Bickel, Perry S.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v42 n5 p18-22 May-Jun 2010
Physical interventions for special education students in crisis remains a controversial concept. The first minute of a crisis situation represents the most crucial time to prevent injury or the exacerbation of injury. Although preventing violence and escalation of negative emotions is the first step in crisis management, school staff also must be prepared for all possibilities, such as student fights, student assaults, and acts of student self-injury. What are the components of a proactive plan for implementing emergency interventions? What student safeguards should be included? Administrators need to support educational staff acting as first responders, with appropriate initial training, ongoing training, and administrative review. The dangers of failing to respond to crisis situations in a decisive and appropriate manner make this an issue of importance to all schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania