Social Skills to Manage Wait Time

Handling wait times can be challenging, especially for children with special needs.

This special education resource uses Watson’s social skills PowerPoint module called, “I Can Handle Waiting” to help your student or child learn to manage wait times.

Within this module, you’ll have access to two PowerPoint presentations, one for you, the facilitator which includes notes and guidelines, and one to use when teaching this lesson to your students or children.

You’ll teach your students or children what “waiting” means, discuss scenarios in which they may have to wait, and help them create a plan that will keep them busy while they wait!

Our special education consultants have put together supplemental resources to reinforce the lessons taught on this topic including: a mini-schedule, magnet carts, and a few activities.

Power Point Presentations:

I Can Handle Waiting PowerPoint

I Can Handle Waiting Facilitator’s Guide

Resource Materials:

This Week I Might Try to Handle Waiting

I Can Handle Waiting Teacher Note

I Can Handle Waiting Parent Note

I Can Handle Waiting Mini Schedule

I Can Handle Waiting Outline

I Can Handle Waiting Magnet Cards

I Can Handle Waiting Activity

Pre/Post Assessment

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.

I Can Handle Waiting Pre/Post Assessment

This resource was authored by Watson Institute Special Education Consultant, Andee Morris, M.Ed. 

If you have questions or concerns about the Watson Institute’s use of this information, please contact us.