5 Behavior Management Techniques for Children with Disabilities
At special needs schools, like the Deron School, there are trained professionals that work together to create a nurturing and supportive learning environment. Here are five behavior management techniques that we believe make a successful learning experience for special needs students.
Create a Positive Classroom Environment
Teachers set the tone of the classroom for their students. As a result, teachers of special needs students must take the time to foster a positive learning environment, so the children can feel relaxed, safe, and ready to learn. Be mindful of any environmental triggers that can disrupt or irritate the student’s learning, such as loud noises, bright lights, etc.
Often, special needs children respond well to visual aids. Therefore, creating a rules and expectations poster and hanging it in a suitable spot in the classroom to continuously review, is a great way to set expectations for your students.
Utilize a Seating Chart
Creating a unique seating chart is essential to ensuring the classroom environment thrives. Based on your students’ personalities, organize them into the most effective chart that will work best for you and them.
Implement Break Times
Children with disabilities can become easily overwhelmed; that’s why planning out break times can be beneficial. Giving your students the ability to walk around or stretch can be a soothing activity for children on the spectrum.
Create a Predictable Schedule
Having a predictable routine is extremely important for children with special needs, especially those with Autism. Make sure to give students a rundown of the day ahead of time so they can begin to adapt to any new changes. It’s also a good idea to warn students when schedules or routines change, as a schedule change can be quite stressful for them.
Why the Deron School?
At the Deron School, we pride ourselves on providing a warm and supportive school environment to empower our students and help them reach their highest potential. Reach out to us today to learn about our comprehensive and nurturing school experience!