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Before you start, here are a few important points:

  • Try multiple interventions
  • Each intervention must be tried for at least 2 weeks
  • Collect and track specific data on each intervention tried and the effect of each intervention over the time it was implemented
  • After at least 6 weeks, you may consider moving to tier 2 interventions.
  • You must submit your tier 1 data to and speak with an administrator before moving to tier 2.

Tier I Interventions for Upset/Crying:

  • Break, moving position in class
  • Call parent or note home
  • Count to 10
  • Deep breathing
  • Draw a picture or write in a journal
  • Engage student
  • Give choices
  • Listen to music
  • Move to a new location in the classroom
  • Proximity to students
  • Reassurance
  • Reflective listening
  • Remove from room
  • Send student on errand
  • Snack break
  • Speak in calm and neutral tone
  • Speak with student in hallway
  • Stress ball or fidget
  • Take a break
  • Talk one on one with student
  • Talk ticket
  • Talk to parent
  • Teach conflict resolution skills
  • Teach coping skills
  • Teach relationship skills
  • Teach relaxation techniques
  • Teach social skills
  • Use calm neutral tone