Hi all On a parent forum a mum posted to say that her son in Reception had fallen over and cut his knee. When she turned up he was sitting with his trousers off sucking something akin to a dummy (it had a teat). She was told he was hysterical and it was school procedure. When she went to see the Head she was told none of the other 12 steps had worked (cuddles, drawing etc) and that this had been recommended by a special needs teacher for using with austic children. As far as I can make out her child isn't special needs. I have been an early years teacher and manager for over ten years and have never heard of this or ever had a problem calming a hysterical child. I am fascinated by this post and want to know if anyone uses this procedure in school and if so what is the thinking and policy behind it. It seems regressive to me seeing as we spend a lot of time trying to make children independent and that some mums have real difficulty getting children to give up their dummies before starting school, and some mums do not like to use dummies at all even with babies.