Wednesday, December 14, 2016

19 Tips on Supporting Positive Behavior & Social Skills

Source: The Inclusion Lab

19 Tips on Supporting Positive Behavior & Social Skills (+ CALENDAR GIVEAWAY!)

Key Points: This website and blog is a tremendous resource for special educators and general educators alike who are working towards inclusive classroom settings. The latest blog post give the reader 19 tips for positive behavior strategies including: Create a visual schedule, Establish routines within routines, Use the five-to-one ratio of positive attention, Give “pre-prompts.”, Review expectations in a positive way, Watch for patterns, Create a choice board, Decrease wait times, Make a waiting list, Use “I” messages, Experiment with seating, Encourage “social skill demonstrations.”...and many more.

Relevance:  Many of these tips we will have heard of or are currently using but I found it to be a helpful reminder of what we are trying to do with inclusion. the tips presented would be an excellent resource for general education teachers who are now being asked to take on the challenges of an inclusion classroom. As special education case managers, part of our job will be to provide resources to gen ed teachers who are working with our students. This could be one. 

Audience: Educators, administration

BONUS: Follow the below to download a free ebook from Brookes: Fair Is Not Always Equal… Now What?


  1. Kyle, I really like the resource you posted. I use the five-to-one ratio of positive attention with my students. I believe it is very important to be positive in the classroom. My parents always taught me you’ll get much farther with honey than vinegar and I have found it to be true in most cases. As educators, we must build positive relationships with our kids to create quality learning environments. General educators have often not received the education or training to work with students in special education. This is no fault of their own, but an issue with degree programs. I agree it is our job to help them by providing resources to guide them to success which in turn will help the students succeed.

  2. Kyle, this is a wonderful resource for both general and special educators! I love the "pre-prompt" idea and many others given within the webpage. I also agree completely that it is our duty as special educators to give general eudcators resources to help the success of inclusion within our schools. It is true that many general educators do not get hands on training or much of any training at all when it comes to working with students with disabilities and it can hurt the overall outcome of inclusion for both students and educators. This type of resource is critical, and thank you for sharing!

    Also the BONUS was a fun addition to the BLOG post! :)