Strategies for elopement/running away/bolting

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  1. zolar16

    zolar16 Rookie

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    Nov 13, 2005

    Since everyone was such a big help with my last question :) , I have another for you guys. I have a BIP (Behavior Intervention Plan) meeting coming up soon for one of my students, and his target behavior is running out of my classroom and to/into someone else's. The behavior specialist asked everyone involved to think of strategies to diminish this behavior, but I'm having a difficult time.

    He likes to run out of the room, either through the main door or the fire door in our classroom. Neither door can be locked, blocked, or impeded in any way (including doorknob covers). He waits until the adults in the room are either very far away from him or focused on other students to very quietly creep toward a door, and if we don't catch him in time, takes off at full speed toward 1 of 2 classrooms. One has an "alphabet line" that he really likes, and the other is a new teacher's classroom, and he just thinks it's cool that there is a new room with new stuff and new kids.

    I can't buy the nice alphabet line for my own classroom because it's no longer being made. Social stories aren't an option (his listening comprehension is pretty low, and he doesn't take an interest in stories). Right now, I'm praising him heavily if he stops before he opens the door, and it's working pretty well (incidents have dropped from 8+ per day to 1-2). Does anyone have other ideas? I know this is a really common problem, but I've never run into anyone who could stop it.
     
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    Nov 21, 2005

    A few ideas:
    Make sure his seating arrangement is farthest from the door. Have a para walk him to the classrooms he's so interested in 2x a day for 5 minutes. Make sure he knows he will lose the privelage to see the classroom if he bolts. Have him be the teaching buddy... if he's at your hip he can't bolt quite so quickly. Have a reward system. Set a timer to go off every 15-20 minutes throughout the day. If he's where he's supposed to be give him a ticket. If he accrues X number of tickets he gets the reward. (Maybe even attach it to the classroom visit?) Utilize a creative seating arrangement in the classroom to make it more difficult for him to circumnavigate. (Don't block anything, just make it where he has to work a little harder to sneak toward the door.) Pair up your students. He's less likely to wander if he's working with somebody, and while I wouldn't tell his partner to "tattle" I'd probably work on pairing him with someone I knew was likely to! LOL HTH
     
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    Nov 22, 2005

    Earthmommy, what wonderful ideas! I really like the idea of the tickets for staying in his area. I try to always have someone on him, but unfortunately some people in my room are not on top of things at all times. I tried to take him to his preferred classrooms in the past, but he's prone to laying on the floor when it's time to leave, and I can't ask my para to be all alone in the hall when that happens (plus, taking him on walks would leave me alone with the other 4). Maybe I can try it again. Thanks for responding!
     
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    Nov 27, 2005

    Earthmommy, you were totally right! Last Wednesday, I had him deliver several "letters" to the classroom he tries to run to. He didn't want to leave the door of the other room the first time, but for each rotation that he stayed in the room, I gave him a letter (just an index card with the teacher's name on it), and we walked to put it in the mailbox outside her door. She got into it too, and she wrote him a nice note back. :) After the first time, he readily left to go back to the room after about a minute. I'm hoping lightning strikes twice on Monday.
     

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