Managing your classroom can be challenging, especially when some of your students have limited self-regulation skills. With self-regulation, students can spend more time learning and taking responsibility for managing their own behaviors.
Students with disabilities may experience difficulties with self-regulation, and these skill deficits can appear across disability categories, from specific learning disabilities to autism to ADHD. But with the right strategies, educators can help students develop these important skills!
The same techniques teachers use to develop reading or math skills, can be used to help students learn self-regulation skills.
With careful planning and guidance, responsibility for managing classroom behaviors can shift from educators to the students themselves. You can give your students explicit, intensive, specialized instruction that develops their self-regulation skills and helps them be more self-reliant. Your contribution to individualized or specialized instruction is vital to your students' growth academically and in life!
These tips are from the Exceptional Child online course, Self-Regulation Skills for Elementary Students, authored by Lori Korinek, Ph.D., and Sharon deFur, Ed.D.
View the full course library at www.exceptionalchild.com/course/list.