Okay - - I need to know what you guys would have done in this situation. We've been back at school now for a month. There are 6 students in my middle school life skills classroom. I have three paras (one classroom, and two 1:1's). Friday morning at about 9:30AM, out of the blue - right when math work stations are beginning, one of my 6th grade gals with Downs has a total meltdown. I'm working at my table with another student and suddenly I hear her 1:1 say, "Oh no, we're not going to do this today," but she's calm and the student isn't yelling or anything so I go about my business. Then I notice that the student isn't calm at all but she's in the far corner of the room tearing up my stuff! So I get up and go over there, "M, what's going on? Do you need a break?" and she won't answer me, just keeps throwing my stuff around. So I say to her 1:1, "Okay, she needs to sit in time-out for awhile and calm down" and we take her over to the other corner of the room. Her 1:1 starts moving everything away from the corner - the recycle bin (full of papers) and my in-tray, etc. I told her, "No, she shouldn't need that, she'll sit her and chill out for awhile. No problem." So the student sits down in the corner and I go back to my table with my other student. Suddenly the recycle bin is turned upside down, then my in-tray is dumped, and she starts throwing all the paper around. Now, I lose it. Have you ever totally lost control with a student before? I don't get physcial, but I raise my voice when I get angry - and at that point, I was pretty angry. I took her by the arms, sat her back down in the corner and told her in a very firm, loud voice, that she was never to destroy my things. Those are my things and she's not to touch them. If she needs a break, that's fine - but leave my things alone. The whole time she's basically mimicing me, sticking her tongue out, etc. !! Totally bizarre because this is the first time I've ever seen her act like that in the classroom. So at this point, papers are EVERYWHERE, nobody's working, I'm totally p.o.'d, and I tell her 1:1 to pull up a chair and basically box her in the corner -but not to touch (restrain) her - to give her a little room. So she does and I sit back down at the table again thinking it's under control. So then the student starts trying to tip my file cabinets over and some of my things fall off the top - but the 1:1 gets inbetween her and cabinet so she stops and sits back down. Then she starts to cry. I go on working. So then the student starts cursing. And her voice is slurred but you can totally make out what she's saying. And she's basically going around the room about all my paras and her classmates, "Miss. L is a N-----. Mrs. K is a N-----, Mrs. H is M---- F-----," and so on. I seriously didn't know what to do. Somehow, I managed to block her out and keep teaching and the other kids went on working as best they could. Her melt lasted almost 45 minutes. The whole time her 1:1 is talking to her quietly, "Why are you acting this way? Why are you mad? If you're mad or upset you need to use nice words-" blah blah blah. I remember thinking she was talking too much and giving the student a little too much attention for acting out. In the end, she was able to pick up and put back all of the papers on the floor and write a "sorry letter" the class (at her 1:1's suggestion). After she had everything picked up, I called her over to the table and did Edmark with her. I didn't lecture her at all. Should I have? My thought was, it's over. Let's forget it and move on. Plus her 1:1 had already talked her ear off. At the end of the day, I cleared out that corner of my room - that little nook where I was going to put my grocery store - and put a chair there for her 1:1. That way, when another melt occurs, she can go in that nook and not be able to destroy anything and her voice won't carry as well. Do you think I should have handled it differently?