Three Powerful Mantras To Guide You When Working With Children With Special Needs!

Three Powerful Mantras To Guide You When Working With Children With Special Needs!

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We’re all busy. We forget things we shouldn’t.   We tell staff to do things and they forget also. Let’s just face it…. it’s hard to remember everything that we’re supposed to do, especially in the heat of the moment. I have found that using mantras helps to bridge that gap between knowing what to do and actually doing what I’m supposed to do.

In today’s video, I’m sharing three mantras that I use constantly. In fact, I find myself reminding people several times to use them, until finally they start hearing my voice in their heads. J Once that happens, I feel that I’ve done my job with the mantas!!!

Take a look at the mantras!!! I highly suggest you get these in your head too!

One mantra that is not in the video:

If you have to TELL, TELL, TELL, you need to SHOW, SHOW, SHOW. If you follow my posts, you’ve seen this one a few weeks ago. I’m saying it again in hopes of getting my words in your head too!!! Forgive me if I’m a bit obsessive here, but trust me, If you start using these mantras….you’ll thank me!!!!!

I can’t tell you how many times I repeat this particular mantra when a staff member tells me that a student is not following directions.

I can’t tell you how many times a staff member wants to consult with me about a student who is having behaviors….especially a student on the spectrum, and I ask what visual supports are in place.   Typically the response is, not many, if any. As soon as I hear that I start in with if you have to TELL, TELL, TELL…..

I love the phrase, “cross- cultural interpreter”, that is used by the folks from the TEACCH program. That is what we truly are! It is our job to translate not only what we expect our students to do, but we need to understand their “culture” and their needs as well.

Using these mantras helps to prevent us from slipping back into working with these students in ways that are not effective.

I encourage you to adopt these mantras….the three from the video and the one here in the blog. Teach them to your parents, your staff, and your administration, then let me know what you think!!!

Also, if YOU have an effective mantra, PLEASE share!!!! I LOVE clever mantras and want to add more to my repertoire! 

You take care and I’ll see you next time!


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