We do our best to help stabilize the children who know the program and are trying to stay on level. Then we try to model for the new children the behaviors that will get their needs met.
The real challenge is to help children trust adults. It is important for the adults to keep their own power needs under control because a child will never trust an adult who pulls power on them. When a child has made choices that get them a level drop they usually get mad at the adult who is evaluating their level sheet for the day. Any child has a difficult time taking responsibility for choices, but this is especially true of new children.
It is during this time it is hard for the child to remember they are worth trying for, and for the staff to remember that child is worth the struggle.