A Blogger's Insight:
What are Break Cards?
In Brandon's case, I recommended that BREAK CARDS be implemented into his normal routine. Many of you may be asking what are break cards? Break cards are literally a card with the word break on it in some way. They are used for students who may need to take a quick break before continuing with the task at hand or beginning another task. These types are cards are mostly used for students with Autism. The following webpage identifies reasons why, how and when break cards should be implemented, alternative methods, as well as, resources/supports.
What are the reasons behind the integration of break cards including:
Gives fidgety kids and those who have trouble sitting still for periods an opportunity to get up and move
To allow students time away from a stressful or potentially stressful situation
How do I include this strategy?
Explain the process to the student and have them practice it before implementation
Either the student or teacher may initiate a break, though it is best when the students can identify the need for and take breaks appropriately
When should I implement this tool?
When a student gets off task and is beginning to be disruptive but not problematic
When a student seems sleepy, bored, tired, etc
What are some samples of break cards that I could use?