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wonderful site with lots of advice for kids with autism."
"new job! I would make picture (icon) schedules for
EVERYTHING. There are several software programs to do this.
Also, look at Red and Green Choices. com--it's a wonderful site
with lots of advice for kids with autism. Also, I had individual
folders with TO and DONE on each side, as well as a check off
sheet. I taught the kids to shift their work from one side to
the other and it helped with developing independence.
Kids really need to know about their schedule, and if there will
be any change to it. You have to prepare them ahead of time.
Also, have your administration tell you ahead of time about fire
drills, tornado drills, etc., so you can warn the kids. Mine
always freaked out during fire drills because the siren was so
loud and irritating.
See if your district has professional development in this area.
Also, definitely decide on what behavior management system you
I like your Jungle theme and think it's just right for your
"..for easy behavior contracts."
METHODS FOR STUDENTS WITH SLD:
"I'VE HAD THE MOST SUCCESS
with using SRA Direct Instruction for reading,
Touchpoints for math, and Empowering Writers for writing. Wilson
Reading is also very good.
Also, I used Great Leaps reading and
math. They are daily fluency practice done one on one, but only
take a few minutes for each student. TAs and parents can be
trained to do Great Leaps.
Accelerated Reader worked wonders for
comprehension. Also, there is software called Study Island that
For the little kids, Earobics is good, as well as
any of the phonemic awareness activities from Linguisystem. Both
Check out Wrightslaw website as well as Autism
Intervention: Red and Green Choices website and InterventionCentral.org
for easy behavior contracts."
"...I find the
focus on choices to be very effective."
A "choice board" of appropriate things to do is something we
also use. Have you ever heard of Green Choices and Red
Choices? I use a variation of this in my classroom. Basically,
the child or teacher can create a board/page that shows green
(good) choices and red (bad) choices in different situations.
This can be to varying degrees of reading abilities (visuals -
photographs or line drawings up to written or typed words and
Samples of Red Choices Green Choices
You can also use a little tally mark system, red choices green
choices, and earn marks on either side. As the previous poster
mentioned, the "stress" of earning things can sometimes not work
well for kids. Sometimes it can be a good motivator, and if it
is used in a way that the child is trying to just do their best
and not earn a certain amount in a defined period of time, that
I liked the red choices, green choices site. She had some IEP
goals that I added to my "IEP goal resources" collection. We've
been talking about good choices and bad choices a lot here at
our house, and I find the focus on choices to be very
effective. I didn't think of calling them "red" and "green"
choices, but it's a very good idea, because it avoids
inadvertently stigmatizing the child for making a wrong choice
("I made a bad choice. I must be bad").
"His school has
introduced "red choice/green choice" and we've implemented it at
home. It works wonders!"
Over-Stim help/calming techniques
"My son has been CRAZY over-stimulated with the holidays.
Numerous freakouts, either screaming or roaring, and then
sometimes shutting down like he's deaf to it and lining up all
his strips of toilet paper or something. It was suggested by
his psychologist to have a calming object (ie. blankie or
earplugs or something) when he gets overstimmed or starts
melting down, but at the time I didn't think that was needed.
And I can't drag his oversized fleece Spiderman blankie
I was wanting my mom or cousin (master-sewers) to make him a
red/green pillow. Red on one side and green on the other, like
a punching pillow (little square). His school has
introduced "red choice/green choice" and we've implemented it
at home. It works wonders! You hold the red color in their
face when they are melting and they usually snap out of it to
make a "green" choice, or they go in time out until they can
make a green choice, and you show them the green as their
However, I don't want him to think he's "bad" when he acts
like this. I don't want to start calling his outbursts (for
whatever reason) a "red choice" because he can't help it. It's
overstimmed, sensory issues he has that triggers his OCDness
or his meltdowns.
Are there any good books (I'm a CRAZY reader) on calming
techniques for PDD, Asp, HFA, etc. Or any suggestions on
something I can carry with us? I really want
him to feel comfortable without
"It was helpful with
red and green behavior system
"Anyone implementing the red and green behavior system for the
whole class? How does it work out? What consequences do you
have for red behavior?"
Here's a web site
"I have used this in the past. Since I teach high school MD
students, some of it was hard to translate. It was helpful
with Autism students."
"I think it is
a great idea..."
If you use the "Stay on the Green" system in your classroom (and
even if you don't), check out this site! I think it is a
great idea to use with our students! This page also has
printables to use in the classroom.
needs a behavior system that is highly structured..."
Autistic child in regular classroom -
"Please don't tell me what research says about mainstreaming
the autistic student. I know. This child needs a behavior system
that is highly structured and a much smaller student-to-teacher
ratio. I feel like we are doing her a disservice.
What do you guys think I should do?"
Green and Red Choices
"This link will take you to an autistic
There's some marvelous sites on the 'net that can give you a
better perspective on the situation. From experience you must
address the behaviors first - academics will naturally
several ideas that we can use..."
Re: A Positive Behavioral Development
Strategy for Students with Autism or Behavioral Predispositions
"I checked this out, looks great.
Bookmarked it so I can go back and read it at regular speed when
gfg goes to sleep tonight. I saw several ideas that we can use
to encourage gfg at home and school.
Thanks so much for posting!"
From "Conduct Disorders" Forum
for ALL students with disabilities..."
9/27/06, AspieTeacher wrote:
...What is the child's official disabling
condition? If he has autistic spectrum disorder, he will needs
visual supports to help him understand what he needs to
do. Have you tried "redandgreenchoices"? It's a great website
dedicated for ALL students with disabliites and it allows them
to make "choices" and it visually presents both the
positive and negative consequences that will occur for their
choice. The website is http://www.redandgreenchoices.com Also,
does this child have a visual schedule which helps him
understand what is going on as well? If you feel that even a
four year old is too strong for redirection, I would try some of
the visual supports and document what you've attempted before
the trigger starts as well. I would also talk to his parents to
see what causes him to "trigger" as well if possible.
Troy in Downey, CA
From "Teachers Net" Forum
(this link may no longer be available)
specialist loved them!"
thank you ellen. I printed out one of the red and green
choices worksheet from the redandgreenchoices.com (thanks
aspieteacher) website and made my own stick men green and bad
choices and then drew pictures of the good and bad consequences.
My behavior specialist loved them! The kids, well most of
them, like them too!
Every morning I WANT to get up and go to school. This is a good
sign right now!
From "A to Z Teacher Stuff" Forums
are working with students with ED (emotional disturbance) and
they need to be in charge of their own behavior."
"Behavior Management Plan for 3rd &
4th Combo Special Needs Class"
"This is my 2nd year teaching and Classroom Management has
been my problem. I teach at a NPS for students with Emotional
Disturbance, Behavior Problems, other Special Needs, and
Learning Disabilities. I taught a 6th & 7th grade combo last
year and this year I am teaching a 3rd & 4th grade combo. I
only have 8 students...and max at 12! I have the "Caught Being
Good" but I need something else...I tried points that counted
towards "class store" it was a nightmare...but I am up for any
"Have you looked at
http://www.redandgreenchoices.com? It's a great website that
has visual cues for behavior choices and the best part, it puts
the student in charge of making choices. I would also suggest
that you look at your students individual IEP's and see if any
have a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP). I would document and
collect data DAILY for these students too. You are working
with students with ED (emotional disturbance) and they need to
be in charge of their own behavior. If you give them
choices, they can't use the excuse "he/she made me do it, I
wasn't in control of myself, ect!" I would also suggest the
following book: Difficult to Teach, Difficult to Reach by Sylvia
Rockwell. This is an EXCELLENT resource for teachers of students
with severe behavior problems. I hope these suggestions are
Troy in Downey, Ca
AspieTeacher (I embrace my autism)
in any classroom..."
Teacher Tips: Red and Green Choices
I use red and green choices in my
special education classroom, but it works in any classroom.
We discuss how the children can make either a red choice or a
green choice about a situation. Red is "Not a Good Friend
Behavior," and green is "Good Friend Behavior." The visual helps
all students recognize if they are making correct choices. I
NEVER use the words good or bad. With my tough students, I
make pictures of what is expected of them and outline in green.
They earn points for their behavior. I do the same for red
(talking out, running, etc.). Students like collecting green
marks. They are rewarded for their green choices at the end of
the week if they have more green than red. Believe me; they
don't like getting red marks. This is also a good visual for
the parents to see nightly how their child is behaving.
From "Teacher Action" From the Texas Federation of Teachers
"...you do not
go around telling your child "no" or that they are wrong all day
long. Instead you are explaining their choices..."
Hello LadyAlicia. I've been working with autistic
children for just over 9 years now, and 5 of those years I was
what you call a TSS. We call it Line Therapist in Wisconsin.
I hope that I can help you. I give the children that I work with
10, 5, and 1 minute warnings for transitions. If you haven't
tried this, I find it very effective.
I also use red and green choice cards. You can find the program
at www.redandgreenchoices.com. It's a nice program because
you do not go around telling your child "no" or that they are
wrong all day long. Instead you are explaining their choices:
a green choice (good) has green consequences (good stuff,
treats) and a red choice (not-so-good) has red consequences (not
getting the good stuff).
You could use this for Cory by making a Green Choice card that
has corresponding pictures above these words wich are set up
like an equation:..."
"...a whole new
way of being positive."
"I am a special education
teacher who works with autistic students as well as some
mentally challenged students. I have read everything on your
web site and have adapted some of it for my classroom. I wanted
to let you know how much it has helped each of my students.
They love it. It has made major differences in their lives. I
even have a parent that uses it at home with much success. If
possible, I am going to see if there will be some way our
special ed. director could have you come down and present a
workshop for us. Word got around fast that I was doing
something that worked. Several teachers have come by to see
what the new "idea" was. I told them to go to your web site and
enjoy learning a whole new way of being positive. I have taught
for 31 years and oh how I wish I had have known about this back
when I started. This is great. I am glad someone in the world
is creative and on top of things.
Thanks again for your ideas and I will see what I can do about
getting you to Little Elm, Texas."
November 15, 2005
student in control of the behavior."
Have you heard of red and green choices? It's a wonderful
program that uses a visual behavior system that puts the
student in control of the behavior. Ex: If I choose to sit
on the floor than get up when i'm asked, I'll lose computer
the website is http:www.redandgreenchoices.com
I hope this helps too.
Troy in Downey, CA
From "A to Z Teacher Stuff" Forums
provides clear, predictable and concrete expectations..."
Red and Green Choices
This website contains information on a program that is
used with some students at Forest View. The program is a
positive behavioral development strategy for students with
autism or behavior disorders. It also provides clear,
predictable and concrete expectations.
From "Mrs. Groh's Home Page"
Our discipline plan is based on "Kindercoins". Your child can
earn and lose Kindercoins as a result of their actions. We like
to use the terms red and green choices. Students are making
green choices when they are following directions and
respecting others. Red choices are made by not following
the rules. Once or twice a month we will open the Kinderstore
and students can purchase items using these Kindercoins.
From "The ABC's of Kindergarten"
Bellevue City Schools
-Allow for choices
-Younger children - teach Red and Green Choices
-"You can work on this assignment now, or during lunch."
From "Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents"
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation "He's Just Being Bad!"
I just found the Red and Green
site and I am beside myself!! I don't even know how I came
upon it but I am more grateful than you can know. I am in the
midst of ending this year and planning a new program for my
elementary of 850 students. I am the behavior interventionist
and the school needs a new program for dealing with the autism
spectrum students and those with other issues. I have been
spending hours researching, planning trainings and trying to
come up with THE model that I want to use, especially
in the communication/social/emotional program I will be
running in the morning...this is a fantastic program that just
nails all of my philosophy...but with great clarification and
Thank you so much for your hard
G P Elementary
T School District
considering red and green choices as a portion, if not the core,
of our Schoolwide plan..."
teachers in my school are using red and green choices to a
degree in my school. Trust is a major issue. Red and green
choices from a trusted adult are less threatening than rewards
and punishment. Parents here trust the school most when their
children are successful with behavior and academics. We use the
Response to Intervention model to meet the needs of all students
and meet the mandates of NCLB and IDEA. I’m considering red and
green choices as a portion, if not the core, of our Schoolwide
...If Red and Green Choices are being used for a few students or
many students, I think it is important that all staff know the
fundamentals of it (your 13 points). All staff end up coming in
contact with the few or many students and consistency is
necessary for their progress. The Response to Intervention model
is so geared to the needs of students, as I think Red and Green
Choices are. We do quite a bit of self-training here through
study and powerpoint, which is why I ask about your
"A third grade teacher in my school walks around with a digital
camera, taking pictures of her class or individuals choosing
green behaviors. She prints them out and labels them with red or
green marker and posts them in the room. The entire class
responds positively to this intervention."
"I know Green and Red Choices has a place at ______ Elementary.
We will continues using the choices, monitoring its effect, and
L Elementary School
P W Joint School District # 44
seen success already."
I recently ordered books and posters from you to compliment what
I learned from your website. I have implemented it in a couple
behavior intervention plans and have seen success already."
My elementary school has been shifting from a reward/punishment
system to a teaching system in regards to behavior. We have more
students than average with impulse control issues and the
education approach is more effective."
Who is using the Red and Green Choices schoolwide and what
success are they having? Do they implement it as the core or is
it added on to other programs? What are the training
L Elementary School
P W Joint School District # 44
find it works with ALL the students..."
"Thank you so much for the posters. They WORK! My
classroom teachers find it works with ALL the students
class because it focuses on good learning habits that apply for
everyone. They like the walk, no touch, get in line, etc. with
(the original) one. ...I would like to buy some more for
more of my gen. ed classes"
K. Lewis, MACCC-SP
Red and Green
Choices for Older
My students are ages 13-16. I'm
hoping I can apply some of your principles, even though they
appear to be targeted toward younger children. Do you think
your ideas are applicable for older students? They are working
on pre-K to First grade level, but I try to make everything
"Are You Working?" and "When Someone
Walks in the Room..."
Green Choices To The Bus:
Thank you for the red and green
choices poster! I was so excited to receive it! I had also
gotten the ASK newsletter. The times for the presentations
were not listed, just the dates. I will call Fisher-Titus to
get that info as I'd really like to attend.
Thank you again for all your
help!! My little guy who has the occasional problem with not
going to the bus, looks at the pictures for the bus that I
downloaded from your website. I also have him choose something
to take home overnight if he has had a green choice day
(computer CD, book, etc) & show him that I will be giving it
to his bus driver to give to him when he gets to the bus. So
far both the pictures and the bus driver object are working!!
Red and Green
To The Bus /
Regular Education Teacher:
That's so much for your response on the web about my bus
question. I copied and laminated the diagrams. I even put a
new goal about behavior on his IEP following your examples.
The problem I have is the carryover. I will work with him but
the teacher told him she' decided a new approach- to ignore
his behavior (crying) and to praise the other children for not
crying. I'm not sure what to do. Should I continue to work
on the red and green choices during therapy? I feel I should,
since we all agreed to have this on the IEP. I can't force
the teacher, as you said at the conference. What do you
think? Thanks again. He's five yrs. old, not autistic, but
cries alot, a the least little thing.