"How To Set Up A Special Education Program"- Calm Down Kits

My two calm downkits currently contain all of the behavior visuals I need for my students behavioral needs.  Both have tools and visuals to meet the needs of aggressive, angry and frustrated students.  Read the next few pages to see what all is included.

Teaching students appropriate behavior in the Calm Down Area is important.  Using a simple visual social story is an easy way to illustrate expected behaviors and outcomes while in the Calm Down Area.

It is important to teach students how to calm down.  When students with special needs reach a point of anger, telling a child what to do can only frustrate them further.  Utilizing a simple, easy to read social story before, during and after tantrums is a great tool in reducing future incidences.

Here are some examples of behavior visuals that can be used and implemented to teach identifying emotions to help regulate behavioral outbursts.

It is important to teach students who are upset how to regulate their breathing.  By implementing the visual shown here, you can teach them to count and focus on their breathing.

Having simple request’s on laminated PEC’s stored on a lanyard is a great way to help teach students to make requests for breaks, water, walks etc.  This can be a great tool used to prevent tantrums.

Teaching students to request a break from a challenging task is an important skill.  By teaching students to recognize frustration and requesting a break properly, you will be able to greatly reduce the tantrum behaviors within your classroom.

While teaching requesting breaks is an important skill, we also want to limit how many breaks a student can take within a given period to reduce work avoidance.  By creating a visual of how many breaks is allowed in a day, the student will learn to prioritize when they need to take a break.

This visual, “What will make you feel better?” is a great tool to use when students are showing signs of frustration.  The visual choices help to facilitate communication when a child is struggling to communicate independently. 

Transitions can sometimes be a challenge for students with special needs.  Creating a visual cue card that visually represents each interval of the count down can help students to understand the transition is nearing.

I utilize a lot of visual supports to manage behaviors.  In addition to my two calm down kits I use other supports as well.  Check back the next two days to read about additional behavior management strategies!

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