Transcript: The Acting-Out Cycle
The cycle generally begins with this Calm Stage. And, although not every child comes to school calm, we’d think at some point in their life they have some calm experience. And then something sets that child off, and that’s called a trigger. And sometimes those are school-based things, like assemblies or a schedule change or being given a difficult assignment, something like that. Or it can be nonschool-based. It could be coming to school tired or hungry or having had an argument with your parents before you get there. And then, if those triggers aren’t noticed, then the behavior will move from signs of agitation to acceleration. And then acceleration can last for kind of a long phase. And then it will continue to escalate if it’s not nipped in the bud right there, and then eventually the behavior peaks out. Then there is a de-escalation and then a recovery. So it kind of looks like you are climbing a mountain. You’re going up and then down.