What is Functional Protesting, and why is it important? You may be wondering what is functional protesting.  When a student has no way to communicate that they don't want something or they are finished with a non-preferred activity or maybe need a break, many children learn to "say" it by displaying negative behavior.  Unfortunately, due to lack of education and training, many educators and parents unintentionally reinforce this negative behavior and comes to the point of just survival.  When you have a child that is tearing up your classroom, or becoming so aggressive that nothing else can get done and you are pulling your hair out, you need to teach the skill of functionally protesting.   What is it?   When you have a student who is non-verbal or even low verbal, they need to be able to communicate in an appropriate way, how to say "I need a break" or "I don't want to do this anymore".  Because we, as educators, don't want them...