Reversals-In schools, we often hear about students reversing their numbers and letters. Often times children will reverse numbers and letters that are similar in appearance (b, p, q, s, 5). This is a developmentally appropriate behavior that usually resolves on its own by about the age of 8 or the beginning of the 3rd grade. Strategies to assist students in correcting this behavior are provided below:
1) We will often place these laminated cards on a child's desk. Feel free to download if this may help your child/student.
Fine Motor Skills
1) Pencil Olympics- To build fine motor skills and increase hand and finger strength, the following activities can occur prior to writing tasks.
Behavior plans can be extremely useful in increasing desired behavior in children. They can also be used to ensure compliance. These plans can be developed on your own, however, there are many helpful websites that can assist you as well. Here are some samples:
1) Students can earn behavior bucks for desired behavior. These dollars can later be exchanged for tangible or intangible rewards. I usually personalize these a bit by placing the child's picture on each dollar.
feel free to use this downloadable pdf.
2) Students will be more interested in a behavior plan if it is personalized. Here is a sample plan for a child very interested in quad racing.
3) additional plans can be generated using the following websites:
http://www.freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com/behavior%20bucks%20pdf/behavior%20buck%20smile%20one.pdf -- --
Anger-There are instances where children seem to anger quite rapidly. Often times they are unable to explain reasons for their anger and therefore act out to express frustration. Strategies to use in dealing with anger are as follows:
1) Anger thermometer- Have children identify instances when they may feel calm, frustrated, angry, or furious. You can also have them describe what happens to their bodies and how they may react when they feel this way.