As with many shared spaces, there is a standard of etiquette that is expected when using the bathroom. Teaching your students the social skills to use proper bathroom etiquette can help them as they mature and support a clean and safe restroom area for all to use.
These tips and tools are great, not just for educators, but for parents and caregivers to reinforce at home as well!
Here are four key concepts to reinforce with your students:
- Take Care of Yourself – be sure to wash your hands with warm water and soap to prevent spreading germs
- Respect Others – respect the privacy of others using the restroom, be sure to flush the toilet and clean up any stray papers you may have dropped. If you splashed water on the ground, be sure to clean it up to prevent any accidental falls!
- Respect the Bathroom Property – turn off the water in the sink when you’re finished washing your hands; don’t damage the bathroom furniture, and clean up your area when completing, putting trash where it belongs in the bin
- Get Back to Class – once you’ve taken care of your business, there is no need to hang around in the restroom! Getting back to class in a timely manner frees up the restroom for others to use.
Watson offers a number of activities and tools on our website that you can use to reinforce the social skills for appropriate bathroom etiquette!
The special education resources on this page were authored by Watson Institute’s special education consultant, Andee Morris, M.Ed.
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A pre and post lesson assessment is included in each lesson. Use of the assessment is an instructor preference. Many of the ‘homework’ pages for a lesson can be used as a pre/post assessment device alone or as part of the provided assessment. Each homework page can be checked by the instructor as well as the student.
Review all included pages of the lesson to determine what ‘assessment’ method will meet your needs. If the student is able to achieve a + in the majority of items of the pre-assessment, or if the student has been observed to display the skill topic of the lesson often, then the lesson may not be introduced or can be taught with a group as review and/or reinforcement.
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