Too often we forget, forget, forget to cut the verbal and go visual with our children! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a classroom where the staff is telling, telling, telling instead of showing, showing, showing!
Of course some children you can tell them to do something and they’ll do it! So when do you use visuals? Here’s your barometer. If you find your self telling, telling, telling a child to do something and they don’t comply, you need to go visual, visual, visual!
I’ve got two simple examples today of visuals you can use in the classroom, at home and in the community.
The first is called FIRST and THEN. This is a common visual used in special education circles but if you haven’t seen it, you need to know about it!
You can use 3-D objects, pictures, or words to fill in the blanks depending upon what your child needs. You’re actually setting a limit with behavior and visually letting the child know what you expect to happen before he/she gets a desired object or action.
The second visual is called a token board. This helps your child see what they are working for and basically wait for their gratification. Again you can use 3-D objects, pictures, or words to put in the box for what the child is working for.
Take a look at the video to see what this looks like!
In the video, I show you a strategy for the child who can’t yet wait for the reward. You pre-load the token board so that the child only has to do one thing before the desired item is earned. Then systematically you pre-load the board with less and less tokens until your child/student can wait until all five tokens are earned.
I used pennies in my demo, but get creative and use “tokens” that are favorite items to your child. Thomas the Train, weather, sports teams etc.
Now you’ve seen two simple visual strategies to help your child stay on track! Give them a try and let me know how it goes! Visuals make your life easier, so use them!!!
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