Calming Rooms as a Proactive Self-Regulation Strategy – APH029

Reviewed/Revised: January 2020


The Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) recognizes its responsibility to provide a safe and supportive learning and working environment for all students and staff members. Staff considering the use of a calming room to support self-regulation of students with special education needs should also review APH012 Physical Containment: Guidelines for Responding to Injurious and Self-Injurious Student Behaviour in order to address issues related to the safety of our students and staff members.

The Guidelines for use of calming rooms provide a consistent approach in the use of calming rooms for the purpose of teaching students individualized self-regulation strategies, as outlined in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). It is important that calming areas are not to be used as places of punishment, seclusion and/or containment.

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