Help your student to make sense of their environment

·        Introduce yourself and always speak before you touch a student. If you leave a student, tell them where they are or leave them in contact with something in the environment.

·        Say the student's name when giving directions or making comments so they will know who you are talking to.

·        Provide cues when changes in timetable or location take place e.g. objects of reference can indicate what activity is next and a sensory cue can tell them where they are. A "finish" box to put the object into could indicate the end of the activity.

·        When moving the student around the school, describe the journey and the environment to them.

·        Lighting is important. Usually it is better for light to come from behind the student. Be aware of glare especially on screens, whiteboards and laminated materials.

·        Aim for a  tidy, organised uncluttered classroom/workspace

·        Most importantly, allow the student adequate time to observe, process and respond.

Here is a useful video to help you think about managing your classroom environment:

YouTube Video

Karen Laing,
Apr 30, 2015, 2:31 PM