30 May 2023

Support positive behaviour

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Key areas to support’

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Classroom supports

Classroom supports

Discuss with the student what will support their participation and motivation.

Build the suggestions into your teaching practice.

  • Build positive interaction – remove or minimise things that can cause distress.
  • Create opportunities for students to take the lead using their strengths and interests.
  • Help students to develop a strong sense of identity and be knowledgeable about their specific learning needs and abilities.
  • Consistently teach and reinforce classroom and playground rules.
  • Give specific feedback about attempted tasks that meet achievement goals.
  • Consider short term contracts to achieve learning goals and task expectations.
  • Give choice within set alternatives, starting with one out of two possible choices.
  • Develop cues individually with the student that will signal such things as when they need to refocus or take a break from a task or situation.
  • Teach organisation, time management, and coping skills.

Anticipate difficult times

Anticipate difficult times

Minimise confusion, tiredness, and frustration for students with dyspraxia.

  • Display a daily timetable.
  • Give clear and consistent instructions and approaches to work.
  • Offer supports such as a netbook or laptop to enable students to overcome their particular physical needs.
  • Be aware of and manage situations that may cause your student to react (such as changing the time, location or duration of an activity).
  • Promote self management strategies, such as taking a break.
  • Provide frequent specific positive feedback when your student makes good choices.

Useful resources

Useful resources


Encourage positive behaviours

This resources provides strategies for encouraging positive behaviour in the individual, the classroom and school-wide.

Publisher: Positive Behaviour for Learning

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Key areas to support”:

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