Final Thoughts on the Five Phases
Utilizing the educational treatments in your interactions with children is more an art than a science. You must be a good observer of the child. Make your best guess about which educational treatment to use in any interaction.
During a single interaction, depending on the emotional state and developmental level of the child, you may use multiple educational treatments. Know that if you see the child withdraw or resist the interaction, you may need to drop back to a lower level of treatment.
When meeting a child for the first time or when introducing new materials or activities, start with Phase 1 and see how the child responds. Gradually move up to higher numbered phases, but make sure the child continues to be engaged. Recognize that if a child is having a bad day, feeling ill, or doing an activity with someone new, he or she may need you to use a lower numbered educational treatment during your interaction time. That is okay. The child is learning how to regulate his or her emotional state in response to events and people. Some days may be better than others.
It generally takes a child a long time to be able to interact at the phase 4 and 5 levels. At these levels the child is able to manage some stress consistently.
Description: Patty Obrzut offers final thoughts on the Five Phases of Educational Treatment