Collection of short visual rules of appropriate behaviors for a student with self-management skills.
Portable Reminder: Rules can go on a lanyard, in a binder, or any handy spot.
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How to Use
1. Identify frequently used self-management skills
Identify frequently used self-management skills the student has mastered and which need to be maintained and/or generalized.
2. Create a visual and general rule
On card stock create a visual and general rule (ex. I will have a calm body.) with no more than two supporting detail statements (ex. Keep hands and feet to myself. Remain seated at my desk.).
3. Quick reference
Student carries the rules on a ring or in a binder for quick reference.
Initially, student reviews key chain rules regularly throughout the day. The eventual goal is for students to use on an as-needed basis.
When to Use
Use visual supports to replace verbal directions or prompts (or make them more effective).
Use with a student who demonstrates the ability to self-manage.
Adults may carry a set of key chain rules
For a student who has not mastered self-management skills, an adult may carry a set of key chain rules. Staff members use the as directions or prompts (or to make them more effective). Staff members may use the rules to quickly redirect behavior.
Incorporating the student’s topic of interest may increase their motivation to follow the rule.
The student should review and even practice the rules with an adult occasionally to ensure continued understanding.
Social narratives used in the teaching phase may be turned into key chain rules as mastery is achieved.