I have seen some AMAZING Speech-Language Pathologists and Practicum Students lose their lesson due to behavior management concerns. A wonderfully planned lesson can blow up in your face and time can escape you when students are not motivated or negative behaviors are not managed efficiently. I learned early on that students are masterminds at working the system and wasting time if it means getting out of work that they are not motivated to do (aren’t we all). Prior to becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist, I was a Special Education Teacher. One of the populations I worked with for multiple years was Behaviorally-Emotionally Disabled. The years I spent working with my students in these self-contained classrooms were eye openers and great learning experiences on behavior management! Here are a few of the Tips and Tools I utilize or that colleagues use in their therapy room.
TOKEN CHARTS- I started using these with my students with autism because I found that it was easier for many of them to understand. Plus, it seemed more tangible and immediately gratifying. That is why I began using them with my students that had to work on a lot more behaviors than the average kiddo. For example, my students that do not get the “listen to your peers” or “do not call out or interrupt others” rule. I will pull out my token board and reinforce their positive behaviors as I give them a token to put on the chart. “You did a great job listening to Johnny.” By the end of the lesson, if they managed to get all 3-5 tokens on their board, then they get an additional sticker on their sticker chart or for whatever else they may have been working towards.
You can get free behavior management tools using a Super hero theme in my store. What do you use or do to manage behaviors and teach your students the value of intrinsic motivation?