Characteristics of Effective Staff Working with Students with Emotional Disturbance
A mature adult who remains calm and is able to deal with aggressive students in crisis with out becoming upset or taking it personally.
Familiar with effective behavioral strategies and is able to be analytical about the student’s behavior and identify approaches to effectively use them.
Someone who believes all students can learn and creatively looks for ways to make each student successful.
Willing to adopt a low-keyed, quiet, neutral, non-moralistic approach when responding to students’ inappropriate behaviors.
Consistent in using the rules, procedures and consequences of the program.
Able to participate as a team player and work with other staff in a collaborative manner as equals. All staff members are equal. No one is more important than another.
Able to to use a flexible approach with students in providing learning experiences.
Able to possess a sense of humor, be open to new experiences, and able to laugh at self.
Able to be fair with all students.
Willing to learn and implment the specific procedures developed by the Office Citywide Special Education Programs for working with this population.
Attend the training sessions provided by the Office Citywide Special Education Programs and implement the specific procedure developed for working with this population.