Issues in managing classroom discipline of children with special needs with rules may be more evident during the pre-academic years. Therefore, it is necessary for teachers and parents to be aware of these problems, to use intervention strategies and to develop procedures for developing positive classroom behaviors. Some important procedures are creating classroom rules that are understood and accepted by the child.
What are Classroom Rules for children with special needs?
Classroom rules should be clearly stated and simple to understand. They should be written down and posted in the classroom. The adult’s role is to teach the child what are acceptable behaviors, provide positive reinforcement when appropriate behavior occurs and use consequences when unacceptable behavior occurs. It is important that children with special needs have a clear understanding of what constitutes acceptable behavior so that they can make choices about their actions. Classroom rules should be clear and written down. These rules should be shared with the child and his parents.
Rules should be stated positively rather than negatively. For example, “You must raise your hand before speaking” is better than “Don’t talk unless called upon.” The teacher or parent should use positive statements when giving directions and explaining rules or procedures to children with special needs.
Why are Classroom Rules Important for special needs children?
Classroom rules are important for children with special needs because they provide structure and security. Children with disabilities often find it difficult to regulate their behavior, so having a set of rules helps them know what is expected of them. Rules help prevent situations where children act inappropriately or impulsively, which can be particularly problematic in the classroom setting where other students may be more impressionable than the child with special needs.
Rules also help children with special needs learn how to behave appropriately. When a child knows what is expected of him or her, it’s easier for them to do what they are supposed to do. Rules also provide a structure that can be helpful in managing ADHD symptoms, such as impulsivity and hyperactivity.
Key Features of Classroom Rules
Rules should be brief and specific.
They should be written down in a clear and concise manner so that children can easily understand them.
Rules should be reviewed often as well as kept up to date when necessary. This helps ensure that everyone is on the same page with regard to what is expected of them.
Rules should be written in a positive manner, rather than focusing on what not to do. For example, instead of saying “no running in the hallways” it would be better to say “walk quietly and safely when you are in the hallway.” This way children aren’t just told what not to do; they also have an idea as to how they should behave.
How to Create Classroom Rules?
It is important to write your rules with the students in mind. Consider their needs and abilities when creating a set of classroom rules.
Try to find ways to make rule-following fun by incorporating it into daily activities or games that kids enjoy playing together.
Make sure that the rules are clear, simple, and easy to understand.
Consistency is key when it comes to enforcing classroom rules. You want your students to know exactly what will happen if they break a rule—and that you mean business!
The classrooms of today are filled with children of all different ages, personalities, and learning styles. Because students have so many different needs, it is important for teachers to always think about making classroom rules for special needs students. By doing this, teachers will be able to cater to every student in their class as individual learners.