Exercises for "Bathroom Needs on the Bus"

Jamal sits anxiously on the bus ride home. His body is twisted and his legs are crossed. He wishes his home were closer. He needs to get to the bathroom as soon as possible, but the bus seems to move so slowly. Despite Jamal's best efforts at control, he soils himself. This is immediately noticed by nearby children who make loud, hurtful comments to Jamal. He begins to cry.

Define the problem

  • What is the immediate problem facing Jamal?
  • What is the immediate problem facing the bus monitor?
  • What could have center staff done to prevent this problem?
  • Is it likely that Jamal's parents will perceive a problem here?

Generate data about the problem

  • What do we need to know about Jamal?
  • What do we need to know about the other children on the vehicle?
  • What do we need to know about universal precautions for this situation at this agency?

Generate ideas/alternate courses of action

  • What are some different ways to resolve this situation?
  • What are some things that can be said to Jamal to ease his state of mind?
  • What are some things that can be said to the other children?

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