One of the most challenging situations to deal with as an educator or parent of special needs children is classroom disruption. Disruptions impede the learning process and create additional stress for the child and other students.
There are various methods and approaches for managing disruptive classroom behaviours.
- Look for signs of anxiety and over-activity in the child, like excessive fidgeting.
Then pre-emptively assign the child to a class-specific task to divert and refocus their attention.
- Identify triggers that cause the child to act up.
Pace the learning so students have enough time to digest and understand what’s going on. In many cases, a student acting up can be the result of their inability to grasp what’s being taught in class.
- Manage your own emotions.
Your frustrations may exacerbate the disruptions. It’s important to remain calm so that you can find a way to de-escalate that particular situation.
- Build relationships
Building a relationship with your students helps a great deal in how they see you, the educator or caretaker, and how they relate to you. Make sure you take some time to know birthdays, have celebrations of successes of the students, and make time so students can share things about themselves with you and with other students.
- Develop your routine
Having a daily routine that you develop for your children will ensure they always know what is going to happen, and what is expected. This will give them a greater sense of security and comfort. Ideally this routine is something you actively involve and develop with the children under your care, so they know they are part of the routine.
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