Environmental Cues to help with Special Education Transitions

Do you have a student who has difficulty transitioning from one activity to the next independently? Does your student depend on his teaching staff to indicate when it is time to move on from an activity or task?

In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, Watson experts share strategies to help teach your student with special needs how to use environmental cues to help with transitions.

  1. For each transitional opportunity create a visual tool for your student which can help teach environmental cues that would indicate that it is time to transition. This visual tool should initially be used with assistance from the student’s teaching staff.
    • For example: environmental cues for lunchtime being over may include, looking and listening for classmates throwing away their trash, students walking to and lining up at the door, students standing up and clearing away their dishes and trays.
  2. After a period of time using the visual tool with assistance, the student should try using a reduced visual tool independently to transition between activities.

To learn more about teaching your student with special needs how to use environmental cues to transition between activities, check out our YouTube video below and visit the corresponding special education resource page. For more special education resources, visit Watson Life Resources.