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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Helpful Strategies From Laurel Schneider, Behavior Therapist at JB Akron

From very early on at Julie Billiart Schools we work on incorporating and increasing independence in our students’ curriculum. When working with children on any skill, you have to think ahead to the future. How will this look and function at age 5, 10, or 18? Imagining where you want this person to be as an adult is a good motivator to teach independence skills. It gives a framework to set goals. To increase independence, students need help learning the building blocks and working their way up to completing tasks on their own without assistance. Laurel Schneider, our Behavior Therapist at JB Akron, has put together some helpful tips to assist in increasing independence at home!

1. Using a visual schedule with your child can help the transition from activity to activity with less prompting. Review each item on the schedule with your child and then remind him or her to check the schedule before every transition. Over time, he or she will be able to complete this task with increasing independence, practice decision making, and pursue the activities that interest him or her without assistance.

2. Work on self-care skills: Brushing teeth, combing hair, and other activities of daily living are important life skills. Introducing them as early as possible can allow your child to master them down the line. Make sure to include these things on your child’s schedule so he or she gets used to having them as part of the daily routine. Down the road, it will help them to be able to complete them independently.

3. Household chores: Having children complete household chores can teach them responsibility, get them involved in family routines, and embed useful skills to take with them as they get older. If you think your child may have trouble understanding how to complete an entire chore, you can consider using task analysis. This is a method that involves breaking down large tasks into smaller steps. Be sure to model the steps yourself or provide prompts if your child has trouble at first! Then, fade them away as the child masters each step and can do it on their own.

Developing strong independence from an early age, as well as continuing to reinforce those skills throughout a child’s life, can really set your child up for success in and out of the classroom!

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools has helped my child become a better version of himself. The teachers and therapists at JB really know and understand how to reach children who learn differently. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote My kids love everything about JB and look forward to going to school every day and seeing their friends and teachers. JB is truly a one of a kind school enriching young lives everyday. close-quote

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open-quote Julie Billiart Schools gave us hope after our daughter was diagnosed with a learning disability. At JB, she thrived in the small classes, received necessary therapies, and developed the self-confidence to ask for help when she needed it. close-quote

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open-quote They have all the resources necessary, specialized to the individual learning of each child, and the heart that goes with it. I don't think we would have stayed in Ohio if it wasn't for JB! close-quote

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open-quote I don’t think I will ever be able to put into words how grateful I am that you saw my daughter for all that she is today and all that she is yet to become. close-quote

Tammie Sommer

open-quote All of the teachers and staff at JB are patient and willing to take the extra time to make sure we, as parents, understand and are comfortable. close-quote

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