Behavior stories provide a student with an understanding of his/her perspective and the perspective of others related to behaviors of concern. Replacement behaviors are appropriate behaviors that provide the same input and purpose of the behavior of concern. Visual supports such as ‘chunking’ are strategies that visually breaks work tasks into smaller sections and may help work to be perceived as easier, creates a structured schedule of reinforcement and increases independence during academic work. Providing positive attention for replacement behaviors increases the probability of success.
I teach high school math to life skills students. I have one student who continually calls out phrases in a perseverative manner. She also intermittently claps her hands. The other students in the class get upset and yell for her to “cut it out”. She is a good and caring student. However, her behaviors interfere with the class and result in negative interactions with her peers. Additionally, she frequently asks for adult help or to have her work checked. All of these behaviors can be exhausting for the adults in the room by the end of the period. Any suggestions?