Holding techniques

In rare situations where a child has lost all control and the ability to reason, he/she may become so upset as to scream or thrash, or when all other strategies have proven unsuccessful in dealing with persistent hitting, this may be an effective strategy. At this time, caregivers will hold the child with just enough strength to protect the child or other children. The intent of this strategy is to sooth the child until self-control is regained. The calm and controlled attitude of the adult is critical to ensuring that this strategy is supportive as opposed to punitive. Apart from a few comforting phrases, adults will refrain from conversation at this time.

Excerpt from: “Guidance and Discipline with Young Children”; Provincial Child care Facilities Licensing Board.