The Autism Helper Behavioral Supports In The Classroom

With the start of the school year comes many behaviors, both positive and negative, in classrooms and other school environments. With best practices changing and inclusion opportunities increasing, I have seen many district general education classrooms require additional support from adults throughout the day. While having an extra paraprofessional or related service team member in the classroom is most beneficial, occasionally that isn’t a choice. There may be a decrease of personnel applying for these jobs, lack of experience needed to support, or even an increased caseload that leaves an educational professional unable to be in a classroom as long as support is needed. Whichever is the reason that a classroom team may need more support, teaching a learner to be independent, teaching them to monitor their own behavior, encouraging them to engage in executive functioning skills, and teaching them how to function in a classroom and school environment should be the bigger picture. Occasionally, educational teams can get so focused on the close up visual of maladaptive behaviors and problems that require extra support. In this post, I will list and talk about the fact that if we zoom out and look at the bigger picture of encouraging and fostering independence, we can decrease the need for adults. 
Decreasing the need for too many adults in the classroom should be the goal. While this may not be a realistic goal for a quarter, or even a school year, it may be a goal for the middle of a learner’s educational career. All behavior is a form of communication. When we work as a team, monitor the progress of our learners, and look at the whole child, some of the resources I will share will increase independence in skills that carry on throughout the schooling career as well as in the home.
The following resources are easy to implement and work with the team to create positive behavior change!

There is also a behavior change freebie that can be found here!


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