Acknowledging Task-Related Distress for Students with Special Needs

Do you have a student that gets very anxious or exhibits difficult behaviors when he/she becomes overwhelmed by school work or a challenging activity?

If your student is frustrated by a challenging task or activity and expresses their frustrations verbally or through behaviors, instead of contradicting your student’s protestations, acknowledge that the task may be challenging.

Acknowledging a student’s frustrations shows that you support them and makes him/her feel heard. Once you acknowledge this, tell him/her that you are there to help them complete the task at hand. This may reduce anxiety about the task if the student knows he/she will have help.

To learn more about acknowledging student difficulties with tasks, check out our YouTube video below and visit the corresponding special education resource page. For more special education resources, visit Watson Life Resources.