Power of the Pause Button Lots of people working in special education struggle with their students transitioning from preferred activities to non-preferred activities, but have you ever tried using a pause button? You might be asking yourself, what the heck is she talking about it?  Well, I went to a training in North Carolina, it was a TEACCH training.  It was a 5 day classroom-like training.  One of the things  that they had taught us, that was so simple, it to use a pause button to get them to stop the preferred activity.  Students nowadays all know what a pause button is and does, so they recognize the symbol immediately.     For example, if the students are playing a board game and are not finished by the time Math is supposed to begin, the teacher places a visual "pause" button on or over the game and says "alright, its time to pause this game and start math", students understand immediately that they will have a chance to come back to the game because i...
Once a week, I like to share a special education tip, and this week I want to talk about how to build interruptions into your kids schedules.  This is a bit more Autism specific but many other students could benefit as well.  Lots of students get rigid with their schedules and anytime there is something different that pops up, for example, there is a fire drill or PT changed times or music was cancelled, you'd find your student has major behaviors and meltdowns that could ruin their entire day day, and in turn, your day too! So why not teach them how to handle these interruptions by building them into the school day, so that you are ready and prepared on how to teach it.  Whatever your plan is to teach them how to cope, have that ready for when you change the schedule.  Then, without warning , change the students schedule! For example, the weather is gorgeous and it's beautiful outside so you can stop with whatever is is you are teaching and go outside.  You make a ...