Do you have students who can only use their skills if they are prompted? Do you have students who won’t initiate a task because they are waiting for a prompt? Fading out prompts that were initially needed is a crucial step that is often over looked. Reducing prompting levels is a crucial step in the teaching process. Here are some tips for using visuals to reduce prompt dependency.
Picture Choice Boards
Social Story Visuals
This picture came from the Quiet Social Story set. There are several different visuals for quiet and 3 different sizes. I start with the largest and fade down to the smallest picture I can. It is important to set up a plan to fade out any prompting the student needs in order to be successful.
How do you deal with students who try to destroy the visuals? I have a cherub who will take the visuals and either chew on them or try to crumple them up… especially if it is a less desired activity.
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Pam Petralia says
That can be very challenging!! If possible,I keep the visual in a spot where it can be seen, but just out of reach. If it's not possible, then I target leaving visuals alone with praise and reinforcement. I've also had success with making visuals out of something that can't be crumpled and is too big to put in their mouths. For example, one of my students used to crumple his work for strip so I made his on a Tupperware lid that was the size of half a piece of paper. Worked like a charm!