I am finally posting a long overdue post to the Autism Unlocked blog…very long overdue. One of goals when I started the Autism Unlocked page was to keep up a blog, I am still a little scattered about blog post topics, but here we go! I am going to try and provide blog posts that talk about strategies from the classroom that parents or other professionals can use.
Why should I write about strategies from the classroom, more specifically, strategies from my classroom? The answer is simple - THEY WORK! I have spent the last 10 + years working in a variety of special education settings including schools, residential treatment centers, and in home care. In my experience dealing with just about every behavior known, I have learned one very important lesson:
BEHAVIOR is difficult, time consuming, energy sucking, frustrating, patience testing, next to impossible to tolerate, not easy, easier to give in, emotional draining, and seems to keep going and going….
The best suggestion I can give when having one of the many emotions from above is to keep things simple! Is it just that simple? Yes and no…wait what you might ask!? It takes time to manage behavior but the most important thing is to make a plan BUT keep the plan SIMPLE! It took me most of 10 years to figure out how to keep things simple, so hopefully I can help others figure out how to SIMPLIFY.
What kind of plan can help simplify, what should be in the plan, who should be included in the plan, how do we implement a plan, how do we collect data for the plan, what do we do with the data once collected, what if the plan doesn’t work, what if the plan DOES work, these are all topics I hope to cover in how to simplify behavior. I wish I could say there was one easy way to snap our fingers and watch behavior float away, reality is there is never one easy answer. Instead we need to think about juggling multiple strategies being implemented, BUT making the many strategies as simple as possible. Okay I know, SIMPLE is sounding a lot more like NOT SIMPLE!
Here is step one to making things simple: Implement one thing at a time, pick ONE thing only and take your time to implement, and make sure you’re not driving yourself nuts trying to implement something.
HINT: IF YOU ARE DRIVING YOURSELF INSANE = YOU ARE NOT MAKING IT SIMPLE. HINT #2 IF YOU ARE DRIVING YOURSELF NUTS = YOU ARE DRIVING YOUR SON/DAUGHTER/STUDENT NUTS!!!!
I will keep this BLOG post simple by turning this post into many more posts to come. I will continue to write about strategies to include in a plan, and continue to discuss how to know what is important to implement FIRST to help keep things simple!
As I said earlier in this post, my goal is to do A LOT more blogging, BUT I need your help to give me feedback about these posts! Please comment and let me know what I forgetting or if you have questions. Also, please help share these post!
Thanks and stay tuned for another post soon!