Bring on the volcanoes!

For the first 20 years I spent teaching youngsters with autism, the goal was to simply extinguish meltdowns. That's no longer our goal. After adopting the CPS philosophy -- the developmental view of challenging behavior, the belief that Kids do well if they can, and the perspective that "It takes two to tango" -- we now see the "volcanoes" (the eruptions that occur when a child lacks the skills to respond to environmental demands) as windows into our students' development. If they're going to have meltdowns anyway, I absolutely WANT to see them in our classroom because it is an environment where we can analyze them closely and focus on lagging skills.