By Brenda Myles
Some students with special needs may become overwhelmed by the typical events of the classroom and need to place to recoup or self-calm. For these students, a home base may be a helpful modification. A home base is a place in the school where the student can go to (a) plan or review the day’s events; (b) escape the stress of the classroom; (c) prevent a meltdown; or (d) regain control if a tantrum, rage, or meltdown has occurred. The location is not important — the counselor’s office, speech/language pathologist’s room, or resource room can all serve as a home base. Regardless of its location, it is essential that the home base be viewed as a positive environment. Home base is not timeout! Also, it is not an escape from classroom tasks. The student takes her class work with her to home base.