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Ohio's behavioral management secret - OCALI

Sept. 7, 2022

Need concrete examples of the behavioral support theories you have been learning about? OCALI has you covered with their Autism Center Grab and Go Resource Gallery of Interventions . Completed and blank templates are free and available to download. Each intervention has a how-to explanation and demonstrates how it may be used in different settings. Remember, not all interventions will work the same for every individual and may need to be adjusted to meet those unique needs.

• Behavior/Contingency Maps - Behavior maps can be effective because they illustrate, in a visual way, the results of engaging in the desired and undesired behaviors.

• Breathing Cards - Controlled breathing helps to calm a person’s mind, re-center their body, and facilitate emotional regulation. Using these cards will remind the individual to use this technique.

• Choice Boards - A visual support used by an individual to communicate a desired activity, item, or location. Choices can be represented using objects, photographs, icons, black and white line drawings, or words.

• Conversation Maps - Developed by Scott Bellini, Conversation Maps provide a guide to help an individual initiate and maintain an interaction with others.

• COVID 19 Social Narratives - Utilize COVID social narratives to help support individuals with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

• First-Then Resources - This visual support shows what the individual will do first and then what to do next.

• Graphic Organizers - Consider developing a graphic organizer as a teaching and learning tool that is used to organize information and ideas in a way that is easy to comprehend and internalize.

• Incredible 5-Point Scale - Created by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis (2003), the 5-Point Scale promotes self-management of behavior and emotional regulation by creating a simple scale that teaches social and emotional understanding.

• Power Card Resources- Created by Elise Gagnon, Power Cards is a visual support that includes an individual’s special interest. This strategy consists of a brief description of the situation and adds a visual cue.

• SOCCSS - Developed by Jan Roosa, the SOCCSS strategy provides a step-by-step process for helping an individual build the skills needed for social competence.

• Social Autopsy Resources - Social autopsies were developed by Richard Lavoie. The goal of the social autopsy is twofold: (a) to help the individual better understand a social situation, and (b) to assist the individual in responding more effectively when similar situations are encountered.

• Stress Thermometer - Developed by Janette McAfee, it provides a visual illustration of an individual’s stress indicators, represented as low, medium, or high, similar to a thermometer. Coping strategies are then provided to address each level of stress.

• Token Economies - Individuals receive tokens immediately after displaying a desirable behavior. The tokens are collected and later exchanged for an identified reinforcer.

• Turn-Taking Supports - These interventions are designed to teach how and when to wait, and to promote different ways to take a turn to facilitate a conversation between a listener and a speaker.