Response-Ability Mats and Ricky Ritat Goes to School by Larry Thompson and Angela Thompson

Response-Ability Mats can be a useful tool for Pre-K through Grade 2. The child sits on the first mat to regain composure, then moves to the second mat when he or she is ready to begin processing what happened and what he or she could have done differently. The child moves to the third mat when he or she is ready to work with the teacher.

Created as part of the Response-Ability Process within the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program, these sturdy, 12-inch, cushioned, anti-microbial mats are designed to develop self-regulation skills in students and to help students take ownership of their own behaviors. Response-Ability Mats are not intended to be used as a punishment or consequence. The objective is to teach students to recognize when they are too emotionally charged to make the best decisions and to get them to a point where they can handle situations in a positive manner.

Ricky Ritat Goes to School is written to help teachers explain the process of regaining composure to their young students. This is an attempt at moving away from the traditional timeout where the child is simply required to sit and wait. The traditional timeout fails to make the learning truly happen for the child and takes away the opportunity for the brain to connect a replacement behavior or solution with the situation. This process requires even the youngest students to take an active role in solving their problems and is a key concept in Responsibility-Centered Discipline

Additional information

Weight 2 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 × 0.25 in