The Student May:

  • Huff, puff, grumble, or yell

  • Be rude to others

  • Refuse and snap at offers for help

  • Stomp, pound fists on desk, throw pencil or paper, etc

  • Blame others or things for problems

  • Be touchy and reactive

  • Grimace, frown, or appear angry

  • Appear flushed, tense, irritated or fidgety

  • Perseverate on a topic, problem, or issue

  • Refuse to transition or move on

  • Re-start assignments repeatedly

  • Quick to react with anger

  • Cry and refuse to work or comply

  • Lash out verbally and physically

  • Bite nails or lips, tug at hair, tap feet or hands or other nervous habit

  • Heavy and/or quick breathing

  • Red face

If this describes the student, proceed to the interventions. If not, try choosing another behavior.


  • Assign a buddy or partner

  • Break down assignment

  • Break down directions

  • Clear and concise directions

  • Count to 10

  • Deep breathing

  • Give choices

  • Reflection sheet

  • Reflective listening

  • Speak with student in hallway

  • Stress ball or fidget

  • Take a break

  • Talk one on one with student

  • Teach conflict resolution skills

  • Teach coping skills

  • Teach relationship skills

  • Teach relaxation techniques

  • Teach social skills

  • Use calm neutral tone

A few important points:  

  • Try multiple interventions at the same time

  • Collect and track specific data on each intervention tried & its effect

  • If your data indicates no progress after a two weeks, you should consider a referral to the Trutherapy School Based Counselor.