I have noticed that there is a high level of attrition within the aids who help guide these students through their classes. I experienced new staff making simple errors that have made situations worse. I assumed they were getting proper training, but when everyone is focused on their own student, they really can't stop to guide a new aide. Many "would be" mentors are new themselves. The best ones leave for better jobs...
So I thought maybe there is a quick reference sheet, poster, guide that might help. When I could not find one, I created this one.
THIS LINK will take you to the larger poster I have made available. You don't need a poster to understand these ideas. No one can learn enough from a simple image to help all students with Autism, but I hope this is a start and a point of a larger learning experience. As with everything on my blog, it's all about the kids.
No is often a trigger word that can make a situation worse. Avoid using it.
Redirect behavior to refocus the student. Instead of saying "no," say, "Let's do this first" or "How about we try this?"
Talking with colleagues, professionals, and parents is important to understand what behaviors we need to focus on. Some behaviors are antecedents to larger issues.
Ignoring the small behaviors that do not lead to distraction or harm is sometimes just as important as redirecting behavior.
For the child, the adult, and others present. Know the child's antecedents, and address them early. Routine is very important to those with autism. Be ready and watchful when routines are disturbed.
Consistency is important, but sometimes "things happen." Stay positive, and try a different approach. Be ready to modify your methods with a backup plan.
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