Do you have a student who would rather eat Velcro than use it for a daily schedule? Or perhaps you have students who have physical limitations that make it difficult or even impossible to pull a picture icon off a schedule board? Maybe, on the other hand, you have a student who is enthralled with electronics and will do anything for you that involves an iPad.
If you said yes to any of the above, then you will want to see this week’s video! I’m demonstrating very quickly how a simple schedule app can make life with the daily school schedule a breeze.
Take a look!
Just a quick update on my new social skills game/book, Say What?, we’re moving ahead with putting the graphics and art pieces into place!!! Little by little, my “baby” is coming to life! No news yet on a launch late but I’ll keep you informed!!!!
I had a question after last week’s video on reinforcers from one of my subscribers, Jessica, who wanted ideas to motivate a high school student on the autism spectrum. I wanted to share my response to her with you. I just reminded Jessica that no new learning occurs without reinforcement. If you are not sure what motivates a student you’ve got some choices.
- Ask them. Do a reinforcement inventory to see what might be an area of interest.
- Ask the student’s family. They may offer some things at home that would work for you at school.
- Collaborate with parents, if possible, to allow the student to earn points at school for rewards at home.
- Remember that the top three functions of behavior for children on the spectrum are: To obtain something, To avoid something, or To get a sensory need met. Keep this in mind as you observe your student’s behavior. Once you decide what the student is getting out of their behavior, then find a way to give them what they seek ( to get something, get out of something, sensory). For example: If your student is always avoiding work, then give him/her opportunities to avoid work…..once they’ve done what you want them to do. Just make sure that the “currency” of what you are offering is very high. If you offer stickers to a student who could care less about stickers, then your reinforcer is going to fail. If, however; your students absolutely loves to draw and you offer time to do that, then your currency is high and more likely to be a successful reinforcer.
Hopefully my answer to Jessica will be helpful to you too!!! If you are interested in a reinforcement inventory, let me know and I will put one on my Resource page for you to download!!!
You take care and I’ll see you next time!