The Student May:

  • Display emotional lability

  • Have frequent emotional meltdowns

  • Be moody

  • Cry frequently over “small” things like lost place in line or wrong answer

  • Report through writing or verbal responses and stories they are upset, sad, feel bad, are angry, etc

  • Frequently put head down

  • Sniffle and whine

  • Put forth little effort, do little work, give up easily

  • Appear distraught, disturbed, sad

  • Have eyes water and fight back tears and getting upset

  • Have trouble pulling themselves together and calming down

  • Cry to the point of hyperventilating

  • Have trouble deescalating

  • Lash out or hit while crying

  • Refuse to be comforted, push others away

  • Be unable to talk or verbally express concerns

  • Rock, hold head or face in hands, turn away or turn back to others, put hand up, shake head “no”

  • Not know what they want when asked

  • Ask to be left alone

  • Run away and seclude self

  • Withdraw, want to be alone

  • Mutter and talk to self

  • Huff, puff, and grumble

  • Appear stunned, wide-eyed, and unable to express emotions

  • Put hand to mouth and flutter hands and/or arms

  • Repeat same phrase over and over, for example, “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!”

  • Make statements like “I can’t do this”, “This isn’t happening”, “I can’t take this”, etc

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

Interventions:

  • 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

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.

Upset/Crying