Make a plan for collaboration and communication with the student’s family. They know their child best and can be a great source of knowledge and expertise when catering for the student’s strengths and support needs.
Get to know your student to develop a positive and trusting relationship. Find out what interests them - this can be a useful point from which to build a connection
Wherever possible use organisation and structure in your class. Having well defined and labelled spaces and organisation systems can help students get organised and build independence.
Set a predictable and consistent daily routine – represent this visually using a schedule or timetable which is always visible in the classroom.
Provide warning and preparation about any upcoming changes to routines or activities. Visual timers and daily schedules can help students feel more prepared
If possible, address the child individually to gain their attention before giving instructions
Provide clear, simple instructions and requests using concrete language; try to reduce unnecessary jargon. Break longer instructions into manageable steps.
Where possible, pair verbal instructions with a demonstration or example of the work to be completed. This can provide a clear visual support for what is expected.
Take care to set tasks that are well matched to the child’s level of skill or ability. Ensuring a task is achievable can help the student to stay motivated.
Gradually increase the complexity of tasks as skills progress. Meaningful and tangible rewards can be paired with social praise to build motivation for tasks
You can support the student’s communication needs by providing visual supports for daily settings and activities.
If a student is impacted by the sensory environment at school, it can be beneficial to have a plan for taking sensory breaks as needed throughout the day in a calm space.
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