Talking to Parents About Autism Emails pour into the NoodleNook website for help on a variety of situations happening in classrooms all over the world. Every once in awhile I like to use the questions as blog posts to help not only the person asking the question, but also other people out there who may…
Shawn looked right at her. His eyes turned up in the corners and the smallest sinister smile flashed onto his face. Then he took his paper and ripped it in half, all the while looking for her reaction. The para assigned to his small group kept her cool, but then that sinister smile was joined…
Transition Strategies to Stop Meltdowns
Are you working with students who have Autism? Students with transition issues? Or just students period. Lots of different types of kids can struggle with having to transition from activity to activity. It is a very unstructured process that isn’t good for everyone. What can you do? Try these transitions strategies to stop meltdown when it’s time to move on.
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Social Skill Building Tips for Students with Autism
You take your students out on a Community Based Trip and they… well, they stick out. You work in the classroom all the time to get your students to interact in socially appropriate ways, but it’s just not sticking when you get out in public. What can you do?
Kids with Autism who get a poor night’s sleep often have problems with behaviors at school- that may be aggression and agitation, social withdrawal and isolation, or even sleeping in school. So what to do? This is a conversation worth having with parents, and may help you get through your day a little better!
Autism Behavior Management
So things are going well, and then they aren’t.
When you have students with behaviors in the classroom it can set off everything and everybody.
It gets out of control, FAST!
“I have a student with some pretty bad behaviors.
How do you reward the good behavior if he’s also doing bad behaviors at the same time?”
Ignore Bad Behavior, Reward Good!
I feel you Allison. You want to reward a student for not hitting except he is pulling your hair (that, by the way, actually happened to me). Just today I was trying to praise a student for sitting while he pulled on my clothes and arms (*ouch*).
So, what do you do?
I will never, never forget a community trip with students to Taco Bell back in the day. My two paraeducators and I took about 10 severely disabled students out to eat. It took some time to get everyone through the line and I will never forget helping my favorite student, Cameron. I helped him get his food and walked him to a table. There were two more students I had to get through the line, so I left him to wait until I could come back and help him open his packages, cut up his food, and help feed him (because of limited mobility due to his severe Cerebral Palsy). I went back to the line and returned to him about 4 minutes later… and he was eating.
Learned Helplessness in Students with Disabilities
I asked my para team if they had helped him. Both said no. I looked at Cameron.
“Who opened that for you?” He looked at me and laughed.
“I did,” he said.
My mouth dropped open. He has opened his taco and was eating- he had even opened up a packet of hot sauce and poured it on… and here we were opening everything and even feeding him!
I was in a classroom a few years ago and the student was like the ball in a pinball machine! He was up and moving during my entire observation. There were moments where he could be cajoled into sitting and attending to a task, but they were few (very few), far between, and super short. The teacher looked at me needing help. Her job had become an exhausting workout.
I left and came back the next day with a few ideas and some fidget toys. Guess what… it helped.