Strategies for Learning and Teaching

  • Seat the student at the side/front of the classroom in order to provide special attention for instructions/directions. This will also enable the student to refocus when necessary.
  • Be vigilant to prevent any teasing that may occur.
  • Provide a quiet place for the student to complete activities and tasks.
  • Consider providing the student with a headset to play instrumental music in order to block out distractions.
  • Allow for freedom of movement in the classroom.
  • Providing the student with a small squeeze-toy to fidget with during times when concentration is needed may be of assistance.
  • Break down assignments into component parts and give shorter time frames for task completion.
  • Make use of a computer to reduce the need for handwriting.
  • Pair with a mentor if the tic causes an activity to be unsafe (e.g. a scientific experiment).
  • Establish an agreed hand gesture/signal as a reminder to refocus during listening periods.
  • Put a token-reward system in place to manage student’s impulsive behaviour.
  • Do not rebuke the student for engaging in tic behaviour.
  • Students often have a need for a strict routine.
  • Directly teach organisational skills.

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