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A Break Card is a card that students point to or give to someone to request a break. The card can vary in size and have written language, icons, and/or pictures to symbolize the concept of a break. Using a Break Card often prevents behavior escalation by giving students a
A timer is a device that can be incorporated into daily tasks, transitions and breaks for a student. Having a timer available may help the student learn how to manage time when completing academic tasks and transitions. Timers may help students have more independence.
A calming strategy is a self-regulation tool that can be taught to a student or group of students to use or implement when facing difficult or challenging situations. The calming strategy supports the student in making a choice other than the student’s typical response. There are many calming strategies including
Belly Breathing (often referred to as "Deep Breathing" with older students) is an emotional self-regulation technique that reduces stress and anxiety by increasing awareness and slowing of one's breathing. This is done by taking slow and controlled breaths from the diaphragm while maintaining awareness of the expansion and contraction of
Auditory Breaks are academic and non-academic times during the school day where there are zero expectations placed on a student with hearing loss to process auditory information (e.g., directions, content information). Auditory Breaks can be embedded into daily classroom routines (e.g., times when the teacher is not delivering instruction auditorily,