Using a Special Education Consequence Flow Chart

Do you have a student or child that has difficulty understanding how their behaviors affect those around him/her?

In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, Watson experts explain how to use a consequence flow chart to illustrate how a child’s adverse behaviors affect their relationships with classmates, friends, and family members.

Create a simple flow chart template (laminated for reuse) that has two behavior paths. One path outlines the behavior the student exhibited and what happened as a result of that behavior. The other path outlines what the student should have done instead and what the result would have been using a more appropriate behavior.

  1. When this behavior occurs, talk with your student about the situation and fill in each of the boxes together on the consequence flow chart.
  2. Discuss how your student reacted in the situation. How did that reaction work out for him/her? Did he/she get what they wanted or did it upset others?
  3. Talk with your student about alternative behaviors he/she could’ve used in this situation and how that would have changed the result of the situation.
  4. Review the flow chart with the student before potentially problematic times/activities to encourage him/her to choose the more desirable behavior path.
  5. Compile a book of flow charts that can be reviewed by your student when needed.

An example Consequence Flow Chart template is available on the corresponding special education resource page. Check out our YouTube video to get a look at this document and learn how it can be used for your student with special needs. For more special education resources, visit Watson Life Resources.