Student Academic Struggles

Behavioral Momentum: To Build Confidence
Situation: 

It seems that “I can’t” or “It’s too hard” is all my student can say when asked to do an assignment. He gets so anxious, that he won’t even try.

Question Jar
Situation: 

I am a regular education science teacher that has a student with autism in my class. He communicates very little and will not participate in most class activities. I’m looking for some ideas of how to get him to participate more meaningfully in class routines.

Keep it Relevant
Situation: 

I lose many of my students during instructional time that is teacher directed and includes longer time spans of discussion and lecture. How can I hold the attention of my students who may have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or students with a Learning Disability?

Literacy Activities and Kits
Situation: 

I have a child who is non-verbal but able to identify many common objects and is able to communicate basic wants and needs via a picture communication board. I would like to start teaching her some early literacy skills and words…any suggestions as to how I might start?

Rating for On Task Awareness
Situation: 

I have been a one on one aide for a student with high functioning autism for  3 years and now that he is in 6th grade, I am really trying to back off with my support because he may not have an aide in middle school.  He still needs a lot of reminders from me to stay on task or get back on task.  Is there anything I can do to help him become more aware of how off task he can be other than constant prompts from me or the teacher?

Graphic Organizer to Build Vocabulary-Frayer Model
Situation: 

I am a middle school Learning Support teacher and have 2 very bright students (above average IQ) with Asperger’s Syndrome that surprisingly have a tough time understanding some of the words or concepts in our reading selections, even though their expressive vocabulary seems pretty “profession-like” at times.  Any ideas of how I can build their receptive vocabulary?

Weighted Pencil Cover
Situation: 

I have a student who chews her pencil during seatwork. She chews the metal top until it is ragged or comes off and will often chew the pencil right down to the lead. Not only does this behavior distract her during writing activities, but I am concerned for her safety! I have tried chewy pencil tops, other oral stimulation (candy, gum), and visual cues. Nothing seems to prevent her from chewing the pencil. How can I prevent this behavior?

Attendance Board
Situation: 

How can I help students learn their classmate’s names and faces?

Embedding Sensory Input into the Classroom
Situation: 

How do I provide sensory breaks to a child during a busy classroom day without the child leaving his/her desk and missing important instructional time?

Proximity and Questions
Situation: 

What do I do when my student keeps her head in her desk playing when I’m teaching and the class is doing a worksheet? She won’t answer me when I correct her.