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Remember, the choices are your limits.
3. Make the student responsible for
4. When students state
their intention to comply but fail to do so, follow through with the stated consequence.
of Limited Choices
It's lunchtime, and Harry, a preschooler, tries to amuse his friends by taking bites of his peanut butter and jelly sandwich and opening his mouth to reveal the contents. His therapist asks him to stop, and he does for a while but then starts again. His therapist gives him some choices.
"Harry, you can sit with the group if you eat your lunch the right way. If you don't, you'll have to eat by yourself at the back table. What would you like to do?" she asks. Eating alone is no fun. Harry decides to cooperate.
Jessica, a third grader, is a talented jump roper, but she isn't very tolerant of others with less skill. Sometimes, when others attempt difficult tricks, Jessica swings the rope extra fast to end their turn. When the yard duty therapist sees what Jessica is doing, she intervenes.
"Jessica, you can play the right way or find another game to play," says the therapist. "What would you like to do?"
"I'll play the right way," says Jessica, but a few minutes later, she's back to her old tricks. This time the therapist follows through with logical consequences.
"You'll have to find another game to play for today," says the therapist matter-of-factly. "You can try jump rope again tomorrow." Jessica will probably think carefully next time she decides to end someone's turn.
a sixth grader, refuses to go to the time-out area after being disruptive. Her
therapist gives her some choices.
"Ten is better than twenty,"
Maria thinks. Reluctantly, she heads to the back table.
It's the third week of school, and Manny, a seventh grader, continues to disrupt his science class every day. His therapist has used time-out consistently, but the pattern continues. She suspects she may need assistance from Manny's parents. After class, she presents Manny with some choices.
"Manny, I've tried to help you stop disrupting for three weeks, but we haven't made much progress. Can we work this out between the two of us, or do we need some help from your parents?" Manny is sure he doesn't want his parents involved.
"I think we can work it out," he says.
"I hope so," says the therapist, "but if we can't, I'll have to schedule a conference with your parents." Now, the consequence for continued disruption is clear. All the therapist needs to do is follow through.
Sid, a tenth grader, knows it's not okay to wear a bandanna in class but does it anyway. When his therapist asks him to take it off, he refuses. She gives him some choices.
can put the bandanna away, or you can work it out with Mr. Clayborn, our vice
principal," she says matter-of-factly.
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