Exercises for "A Lack of Restraint"

At the bus stop, Ahmad is buckled into his Child Safety Restraint System by the bus monitor. As soon as the monitor leaves him to tend to other children, Ahmad unbuckles his restraint. Each time this is discovered, he is again securely buckled back into his restraint system. This test of wills continues with Ahmad's refusal to stay buckled and in his seat.

Define the problem

  • What is the immediate problem facing the bus monitor?
  • What is the immediate problem facing Ahmad?
  • What is the immediate problem facing the agency?

Generate data about the problem

  • What do we need to know about Ahmad?
  • Would it be useful to know anything about Ahmad's family and their general transportation practices?

Generate ideas/alternate courses of action

  • What are some different ways to resolve this situation with Ahmad?
  • How can the Head Start agency inform Ahmad's parents about bus safety requirements and the need for reinforcing safety issues?
  • What would be some age appropriate, positive ways to reinforce good safety habits?

Choose among the alternate solutions

  • What are some of the pros and cons for the responses to the previous question?
  • What would be the best course of action to take when presented with this situation? Why?

Implement the solution or decision

  • Assume that this scenario has played out as written; write a conclusion that demonstrates an appropriate response on the part of the bus driver/bus monitor, and other agency personnel.
  • Who might be a resource within the program that could help brainstorm potential solutions on how to handle some of these problems?
  • What sort of training is necessary to prepare transportation staff to deal with similar situations in the future?

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Last Reviewed: April 2010

Last Updated: November 13, 2014