5 Effective Strategies for Managing Difficult Behavior
Part 3: Structure for Success
This is the third part of a 6 part series for managing difficult behaviors in language impaired children. I encourage you to read both the introductory post and Part 2: Create Routines for some background information in this series on managing difficult behavior in your speech therapy room. In this post, I am going to outline 3 ways you can structure your speech room for success.
1. Eliminate Unnecessary Visual Stimuli
As much as I love colorful and stimulating classroom decor, some of our special needs students just cannot handle the visual stimuli. In a recent study by Carnegie Mellon University, kindergarten students in brightly decorated classrooms were found to spend more time off task and made less academic gains than those in sparsely decorated classroom. For special needs students, systematic structure, visual schedules, behavior charts and anchor charts for learning can be useful decorations. Think about your speech room, is your classroom decor structured for success? You can download my Wh-Question Anchor Charts FREEBIES HERE.