Resources to Support Challenging Child Behavior

Interrupt and Redirect: For Toddler Throwing
Situation: 

My two year old throws everything on the floor and lately picks up a toy, an object, whatever, and throws it at me. How can I help him correct his behavior?

Decreasing Self-Injurious Behaviors
Situation: 

I am a graduate student doing a case study on a 6 year old boy with autism. His mother reported that he often causes harm to his own body frequently. What are some strategies to reduce self-injurious behaviors?

 

Reinforcement Tower
Situation: 

One of my 4th grade students has high functioning autism and is included in regular education most of his day. His teachers are complaining that his “talk outs” during class are becoming much too disruptive. We are looking for a positive reinforcement procedure that might work better than his current system, which is a basic star chart that he doesn’t like.

Mealtime Strategies
Situation: 

I often hear about children having a limited number of foods they will eat. My son is starting to have some problems during meals. Are there some things I can do before I start having eating issues?

Shoe Snapshot
Situation: 

I have a student in my special education classroom who continually wants to take off his shoes. I allow this in my room but I can’t have him walking through the school without his shoes. When it is time for an outside class, I try to explain this to him and start putting on his shoes. He will then throw them and cry or scream. What can I do?

Visual Validation Notes
Situation: 

There’s a student in my class who has difficulty whenever I have to deny or postpone one of his requests – like waiting to use the computer, or wanting to read the newest book in our classroom library. How can I help him understand that he’ll get the chance to do what he wants, but that he’ll need to wait awhile before he gets his wish?

Behavior Story: Restaurant
Situation: 

My child has a very difficult time going to family-style restaurants. In particular, he has difficulty sitting and waiting quietly, eating neatly, and interacting with the waiter or waitress. How can I help my child learn to be more appropriate in this setting?

What to do with “Wait Time”: Community
Situation: 

My child always seems to “get into trouble” or has temper tantrums when we are in public. He especially has a difficult time when he has to wait for anything! How can I help my child behave in public?

Work Ahead Flexibility: Math
Situation: 

I have a bright student in my math class. She knows much of the work and when we start the workbook pages she wants to keep working ahead. If I make her wait or stop her from continuing the back side she will tantrum. What can I do to make her follow along with the class?

Seat Sheet & Collector Cards: Cafeteria
Situation: 

I have a new student who will not sit in his assigned cafeteria seat. He wanders away and I’m afraid he may leave the cafeteria. What can I do to make him stay where he should and avoid a melt-down.