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How would you respond? Playground fall-outs

Continuing her regular articles on responding therapeutically to common behaviour scenarios in primary schools, Shahana Knight looks at how we might respond when groups of children fall-out in the playground

One of the most common behaviour scenarios in the primary school is when groups of children fall-out at break time. This can disrupt the day for a child and leave them feeling dysregulated and unsettled.

Furthermore, it can often spill over into their learning time, especially if they cannot move past the incident.

Scenarios like this can involve multiple children and it can be hard to know how to respond to everyone in a therapeutic way. Common responses may include asking children to take turns explaining what happened, asking them to write down what happened, and/or asking them to apologise to one another.

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