Resources, Printables, and more
Find additional support to practice and teach Preventive Teaching at the resources link below.
Where to begin
This skill needs to taught during a neutral time BEFORE a situation arises.
- Watch and understand the concepts taught in the video lesson.
- Review the Activities and Games section and choose an activity or game that will fit your child. Choose a few if necessary.
- Print out the steps for Preventive Teaching for easy reference.
- Introduce the skill to your child by talking to them about it and doing the activity. Use the print out for easy reference.
- Practice the steps to the skill as often as possible.
- Review the activity with your child and talk about other instances where you can use the skill with them. Choose a specific situation where your child needs to learn a new behavior and practice that situation often.
- Practice the skill regularly and whenever possible to incorporate it into your child’s everyday routine.
Suggestions for parents when teaching this skill
- First, practice this skill using situations that are easy. Move to more difficult situations as your child becomes more adept at using the skill.
- You may need to simplify what you want your child to do by focusing on one thing at a time.
- Be aware of your child’s ability to tolerate certain situations and adjust it accordingly. If your child has a short attention span, focus on behaviors that fit the time they can tolerate until they master it. Once they can do that, incrementally increase the time.
- Make the practice/role-play as real as possible. If possible, role-play in the locations where the new behavior is needed.
- Practice, practice, practice. Practicing helps you and your child follow through easily.
We have some additional information about Preventive Teaching on our BLOG.