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T Charts help Children with the Specifics of Behavior

Too often our advice on how to behave is too vague for children.
Show respect. Be good. Don't be noisy.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7Jft1THM6zM/T6hp4FQC1xI/AAAAAAAAJd8/5mDFoUsrCA8/s1600/Screen+shot+2012-05-07+at+5.32.53+PM.pngIf you have difficulty reading social cues, these comments are not specific enough. Teachers often use T-Charts that give specific ideas on what the desired behavior looks like and sounds like. The charts are best developed with the children, so that they have ownership of them.

By sharing and choosing the best ways of describing the desired behaviors, the children get a chance to act out the positive words and body language that might elude our children who are on the spectrum. Setting up the social situations, and using the language that sounds like respect is a practical way of helping kids.

Even better, take photos or short videos of children showing respect. Add these to your child's collection of visual aids to review as often as needed.

Special thanks to Gayle and Carol for sharing these charts used in their classrooms!