What I found most useful from the text was the inclusion of his Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP) document, which may be accessed at http://www.lostatschool.org/pdf/ALSUP.pdf as well as the appendix of the book. The ALSUP is not designed to be a checklist, but a discussion guide. A group of concerned people get together, identify skills the child lacks or struggles with and unsolved problems- the antecedents of behaviors that are a concern. Then they prioritize them. Pick your battles. Then they begin the CPS processes of sitting with the child, getting a handle on his/her concerns, issues, and feelings; sharing your identified concern and collectively identifying a solution that addresses all parties concerns.
For my son, some skills that he appears to be delayed in include:
- difficulty reflecting on multiple thoughts or ideas simultaneously
- difficulty considering a range of solutions to a problem
- difficulty considering the consequences or likely outcomes of ones actions.
If we continue to do business as usual with our challenging students, the results will continue to be the same- drop outs, prisons, and welfare. Schools are not just institutions of academic learning. We are supposed to address the whole child- social, academic and physical needs.We need to try a different a different approach. Dr. Greene's CPS model provides guidance to an approach that has been successful across the nation in situations with children with the most severe problems- juvenile detention centers, self contained schools and psychiatric centers. It shows promise for our children. We must continue to believe that children do well if they can. If they cannot, it is up to us to help them not punish them.