Accommodating different behavioral changes
Examples of accommodations which teachers can make to adapt to the needs of students with ADD are grouped below according to areas of difficulty.Earlier this week, I wrote a blog article entitled “Know your Style to Get Ahead. In case you missed it, you can read that article here.“Given that species must cope with variability in environmental conditions over multiple time scales, behavioral flexibility can allow some animals a means by which to rapidly and effectively cope with such variability, yet without committing to more-permanent characteristics that won’t always be beneficial,” said the study’s lead author, USGS researcher Erik Beever.Scientists performed a worldwide literature search and found 186 studies that identify situations where animals displayed behavior flexibility as a way of coping with climate variability.The study highlighted the American pika as an example of a species that copes with climatic variability by occasionally using many of these flexible behaviors.Problem behaviors of children with autistic spectrum disorders—and other children—are among the most challenging and stressful issues faced by schools and parents in their efforts to provide appropriate educational programs.I’d like to build on that article now and share some tips for applying behavioral style knowledge to advance your career.
Such behaviors put young children at risk for exclusion and isolation from social, educational, family, and community activities (Sprague and Rian, 1993).
Kids with learning and attention issues may need to learn material differently than other kids their age.
Accommodations are designed to give kids ways to learn and demonstrate knowledge of the same material as other kids their age. Accommodations don’t lower the expectations for what kids learn.
From a child’s perspective, problem behaviors include the inability to understand demands of a classroom or a parent and to communicate his or her needs and wants, severe difficulty in initiating and maintaining social interactions and relationships, confusion about the effects and consequences of many of his or her behaviors, and engagement in restrictive and repetitive behaviors and interests that may limit the child’s ability to learn and to fit in with peers.
From a teacher’s or parent’s perspective, problem behaviors include lack of compliance with or disruption of classroom routines, tantrums, destruction of property, and aggression against self or others.
Search for accommodating different behavioral changes:
For example, if your child has trouble with writing, the teacher might let him give answers to a test verbally. They don’t change what kids are taught or tested on.