Provide a safe calm space for students

Early years
Middle years
Senior years
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Summary

For some students on the autism spectrum, the sensory environment, academic demands, executive functioning requirements and social aspect of school can be overwhelming and make them feel confused, upset and discombobulated. This can lead to what some adults may view as ‘inappropriate behaviour’. 

To avoid this, students may need support to regulate their emotions. It is important that students are supported in regulating themselves before they are completely dysregulated (unable to regulate their emotions or behaviour). One way of doing this is by providing a safe, or calm, space where students can retreat in order to calm down.  

This practice will help students to

be calm

better regulated

be less disruptive in class

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