It can be difficult to incorporate ABA principles in a classroom setting, so today we’re talking about how to use ABA in classrooms. It can be frustrating when you have children in the classroom that don’t seem to be picking up skills at the same rates as the rest of the class. Fortunately, ABA offers plenty of helpful solutions for those kids who might not fit into the standard boxes. For example, using visuals instead of relying on talking alone during teaching can help better support certain learners. Timers can be a great aid as well.
Using reinforcement can be hugely beneficial too, both positive and negative. Some might be hesitant to use reinforcement because it feels like bribing, but it all depends on timing and when the reinforcer is introduced. It’s also important to set your students up for success when using reinforcement strategies so the end goal can be reasonably obtained. Sensory issues are common in the classroom and some kids might avoid situations or tasks because they’re uncomfortable. Having a special area with stim toys or relaxation items can make a huge difference. Teachers should also strive to incorporate socialization into their curriculum, as these are lifelong skills that make kids successful.
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- How to use ABA in classrooms and other special education settings.
- How to use visuals and reinforcement systems in the classroom.
- How to tackle sensory issues.