Best Visuals for Behavior Management

It is no secret that having to manage behavior is one of the biggest hurdles we have when teaching.  You need to have the best visuals to support your behavior management so problem behavior is not impacting instruction. 

There are so many tips and tricks for behavior management, but one that will come up time and time again are the use of visuals. These can support students without you always having to engage verbally with a student.

Visual Schedules

Stop reading right now, and think about your own visual schedules.  For me, I have a google calendar, a personal calendar, and a large whiteboard calendar for home.  Not only do I have those, I also have to-do lists all over the place. If I did not have all of these visuals, I would not be able to manage everything going on in my own life as a neurotypical individual.

So this is why it is even more important to have individualized schedules for those who are neurotypical. 

Visual schedules help decrease problem behavior by decreasing anxiety, prepping students for change or just what simply comes next.

There are several different kinds of visual schedules & if you want to read about those, then here is a blog post about the three different types of visual schedules.

Contingency Maps

Contingency maps are the easiest, most visual way to teach students rules.  They are clear cut and black and white.

Contingency maps clearly show a student the two paths they can choose to take based on their behavior. 

These maps allow students to see how their behaviors, both positive and negative, have some type of consequence. 

If you are ready to use a contingency map now, click here to get a free one.

Or learn more about contingency mapping in this blog post.

Core Vocabulary Board

Have you ever lost your voice from being sick? I have, and let me tell you it was SO frustrating not to be able to communicate easily.

Not being able to communicate is a trigger for many students.  So to easily combat that is to use core vocabulary.

Core vocabulary allow students to receptively get their ideas out so they can share thoughts, wants, and needs.  Just providing students this tool will decrease problem behaviors immediately.

Want to learn more about teaching core vocabulary as a special education teacher? You can read more here.

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