Resources to Support Challenging Child Behavior

Letters Don’t Have to be Perfect
Situation: 

I have a student who wants to erase his writing repeatedly to try and make it more perfect. Can you offer any advice?

Process and Teach Versus Suspension
Situation: 

I have a student in my elementary school classroom who sometimes hits when he is on the playground. We are currently working on a Positive Behavior Support Plan. He has been suspended for this behavior before and I’m hoping we can come up with another alternative when the behavior does occur. I don’t think he should be suspended! What consequence might be appropriate and satisfy the team?

Recess Solutions: Primary Reinforcers and Shaping
Situation: 

I have a student on the Spectrum who will not follow directions to come in from recess when it is over. During recess he is monitored by my classroom paraprofessional. He will run and say ‘no’ when it is time to come in while the other students and adults leave the playground, resulting in my paraprofessional being alone with him. There are instances when he has become aggressive, making this an unsafe situation. Although he is verbal, he typically communicates with short phrases; most often only to make requests. What may I do to prompt him to come inside without causing his behaviors to escalate, keeping in mind that I am not typically there to assist?

 

Visual Timer
Situation: 

How do I help a student transition from a preferred activity?

Using Sticky Notes and Strips to Adapt a Task
Situation: 

I am a paraprofessional who works with a student in regular education settings and in a Support Room. He has a very hard time working. I’ve learned many strategies and have used them with some success but sometimes he will just groan and refuse to work. The other day he was doing so well and had finished 3 papers but refused to do the last one. I know he could do it but he just wouldn’t think and fill in the answers. What do I do in those cases?  I hate to just say he doesn’t have to do it – that seems like going backwards and giving in.

Color Coding: Adaptation for Comprehension
Situation: 

A few of my students can read, but get very frustrated when asked to answer comprehension questions based on what has been read. How can I reduce frustration and increase comprehension?

Pre-Teaching for Schedule Change
Situation: 

My student has a melt-down when there is a change from outdoor play/recess to indoor play. How can we make him understand the visual picture change to his schedule?

Question Cards
Situation: 

What do you do with a student who continually asks questions unrelated to the topic being discussed? When they are not allowed to ask off topic questions they become upset or angry.

Resolve or Report
Situation: 

I have some students who continually get into arguments or fights. Many times I don’t know who did what. I don’t like to give consequences without having enough information and they of course blame each other. Do you have any suggestions?

Special Interest Area to Promote On-Task Behavior
Situation: 

I have a student who will not begin her writing work in English class. I have tried graphic organizers, adult assistance, allowing her to dictate but she just doesn’t want to do the work. What can I do to motivate her to start her writing tasks?