Case studies: Low level behaviours

Tyler is out of his seat wandering around

Module 5

Sharpening your skills



Keeping Tyler on task seems an impossible challenge. What else can I do?

  • Observe and record how often Tyler is ‘off task’ and on the wander
  • Decide whether Tyler has poor organisational skills or whether it is an issue of work avoidance
  • Ask yourself whether the level of work is appropriate
  • Consider whether Tyler is a visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learner?
  • Limit his movement by sitting him on a work table, next to your desk
  • Supply all materials needed for the lesson
  • On arrival, set an easier Starter Activity task. eg. word search/number puzzle to focus him
  • Start the work with him and model the behaviour you are expecting
  • Build in positives and consider using a Catch Me Being Good monitoring card.
  • Consider using a sand timer as a visual prompt eg.
    “Tyler you have been working and sitting for 5 minutes.” Add a sticker to his Catch Me Being Good card
  • Scan the classroom, commenting on the positive behaviour you see
  • Initiate a short term reward if the small step improvements take place eg. computer reward time for 5 minutes
  • After sustained effort, consider using an energy release activity like Brain Gym or a practical task
  • Initiate a reward for sustained improvements. eg.Telephone home, positive note to Team Leader, Form Tutor etc
  • Discuss with your Team Leader/SENDCo, if Tyler’s behaviours are persistent, impulsive and impacting on learning

Click here for examples of Learning Styles (8.3) and here for Catch Me Being Good card. (8.7)