Give Your Students A “Pause Button” That is Always Available!

Give Your Students A “Pause Button” That is Always Available!

Did you ever wish you could have a visual for one of your students that he or she could see at all times  instead of needing you there all the time to prompt to not do something?  I’ve had several students who needed this.

There was the guy in middle school that would zip up your hoodie, jacket or sweater in a hot minute if it was not zipped all the way up!  Your neck, or his classmates’ necks were always in jeopardy.  We had to be the prompter saying, “No, nice hands, personal space!” the second he started going for that unzipped piece of clothing.  We finally got smart about it and took pictures of all staff and students standing with both of their arms stretched out in front of them visually communicating “stop”.  Each person in the room wore that picture of themselves in that stance as a pin attached to their upper left shoulder as a visual reminder to our zipper upper student that everyone needs personal space.  He would go to grab that unzipped zipper, see the picture and say “personal space”.   The key was that the visual was always there.  We got the behavior to stop.

Then there was the elementary student who couldn’t keep his hands off of his classmates.  He wanted to touch them, grab at them, and interact with them.  We knew that it was not in a hurtful way, but he wanted to touch his friends to communicate with them.  He wanted their attention but just didn’t know how to do that in an appropriate way.  We gave him strategies to gain attention in appropriate ways and then gave him his own “super hero bracelet” that he got at the beginning of each day.  We told him that it had super powers and when he wore it, it wouldn’t allow him to touch his classmates.  It worked.  Again, the visual support was always in sight for the student.  You may remember the video we did on this a couple years ago!

One more example is the little girl who would just blurt out whatever was on her mind, appropriate or not.  We had to put a visual, “On the mind/ not out the mouth visual” on her desk. We told her that she could think about anything she wanted to, but had to filter what came out.

Now comes the student who is making noises and needs some kind of visual support to help break that behavior.

Take a look!

I’d love to hear about the visual supports you have come up with to help with those challenging behaviors!  I’m sure you’ve used your creativity as well.  Please share!

I hope this was helpful!   You take care and I’ll see you next time!


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