Beyond the B.A.S.I.C.S. Blog
TIPS & TRICKS FOR PRESCHOOL SHADOWING
April 13, 2012
THINGS YOU SHOULD DO:
– Be on time (this means following the school schedule, not your own)
– Respect the classroom rules (no gum for students = no gum for you!
– Respect the school dress code (if the teachers can’t wear jeans, you shouldn’t either).
– If your session overlaps lunch or snack time, bring your own food & drink
– Remember who you are working with: while peer interaction will be very important, you are responsible for your client and not the other children.
– Talk through the children (rather than to them) to facilitate communication with peers
– Be prepared to sit on the floor/a carpet square/a tiny chair/nowhere at all.
– Turn your cell phone off!
– Respect the teacher and his/her aides: you are not there to question what they’re doing; you’re there to help your client succeed under their rules (tell the BCBA if you see classroom practices that could be improved to help your student)
– Report back to your supervisor often.
– Maintain a professional attitude and relationship with school staff.
THNGS YOU SHOULD NOT DO:
– Explain yourself or your techniques to adults, students, or school staff who have not signed a confidentiality waiver (or who the parents have not authorized).
– Agree to “watch” the classroom while the teacher steps out. You are not responsible for the rest of the students in the class
– Use the office facilities (ie: printers, phones, computers, etc) unless you’ve been specifically authorized to do so.
– Expect the teacher to have time to discuss things with you during the school day. He’s a busy man with a classroom full of students
– Make changes to the treatment plan without talking to your supervisor (even if the teacher agrees that what you currently have in place isn’t working).
THINGS YOUR CLIENT MIGHT NEED TO WORK ON:
– Entering the classroom
– Getting to work immediately
– Routines for the end of class
– Self-Advocacy skills (ie: asking for the blue crayon or more time with the blocks)
– Listening to & responding to questions
– Telling someone they do/do not understand
– Group work
– Asking for help
– Knowing the day’s schedule
– What to do when you are done working early
– How to go to “specials” (music, library, etc)
– How to walk in the hall appropriately
– What to do when visitors enter the classroom
– What to do when the teacher leaves the room
– What to do if the student is suddenly sick
– Peer Communication
REMINDER LIST FOR SCHOOL BEHAVIORS
– Greet friends
– Use polite words
– Use good table manners
– Take turns
– Don’t talk while others are talking
– Use tissues & napkins
– Ask first
– Raising hand
– Keeping hands and body calm
– Walking quickly and quietly
– Working neatly
– Asking for help
– Listen quietly
– Pay attention to what your classmates are doing
– Look at others when they are speaking
– Wait quietly
– Start and finish on time
– Put name on your work
– Keep desk/cubby/work area clean
– complete work
Melissa Ruiz, BCaBA (edited by Saundra Bishop, BCBA)
BASICS ABA Therapy, LLC