Special Education – Teaching Early Request Training

Communication limitations in students with special needs can sometimes pose challenges when requesting items in the classroom or at home.

In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, the Watson Institute shares strategies for teaching students with special needs with communication limitations how to make verbal requests using prompts and positive reinforcements.

  • Complete a reinforcer checklist to identify items (food, toys and activities) that positively motivate your student to work to request the reinforcer.
  • Perform a motivation assessment survey to identify preferred foods, toys, activities, etc. that will serve as reinforcers for verbal and signed requests.
  • Set up opportunities throughout the day for your student to see the reinforce item but be unable to obtain it without making a verbal request or by using sign language.

To learn more about how to teach your student with special needs how to make requests, check out our YouTube video below. For more special education resources, visit Watson Life Resources.