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Table of Contents

The User’s Manual provides you with an overview of the entire contents of the Teaching Tools. This manual presents the steps you will take to use the Teaching Tools materials.


The “Getting Started” guides, tips, and forms assist with the first steps in supporting young children with challenging behavior. They offer ideas for establishing a good foundation in the classroom, gathering information, selecting strategies, and generating a support plan.


The Buddy System tip sheet and article about peer buddies provide ideas for using a peer buddy system to support the child with challenging behavior while adjusting to the new setting.


The Teacher Tools folder contains visual representation for common classroom rules and small, medium and large stop signs for helping children know what areas are off limits.


The Turtle Technique is a method of teaching young children strategies for coping with anger, disappointment, and frustration. This folder contains an article about anger control, visuals (small and large) for the turtle technique steps, and a scripted story.


This folder begins with the How to Make a Visual Schedule tip sheet, a rationale and key points for using the visual strategies. In addition, there are visual schedules, choice boards, cue cards, and activity sequences. A variety of pictured examples are provided to help teachers develop their own visual supports.


This folder contains Scripted Story Tips. Scripted stories help children understand a social situation by describing the situation, what the child needs to do, and how others feel when the child exhibits the inappropriate behavior or desired behavior.


The Circle Time folder focuses on visual strategies for helping children understand circle time. This folder includes a scripted story about circle time, rules for circle, and a mini schedule for understanding and predicting the activities of circle time.


The Feeling Vocabulary folder contains an article about enhancing young children’s emotional vocabulary. The article provides a variety of strategies to support children around the notion of appropriately expressing feelings. Some of the ideas discussed in the article are provided to you in the files within this folder: visuals depicting a variety of emotions, a feeling wheel, and a feeling chart. The feeling visuals can prompt appropriate emotional expression.


The Home Strategies help link home and school. The questionnaire offers critical information about the child (see “Getting Started” section of this manual). The “Getting Ready for School” visual helps families with the morning routine and prepare for the transition to school. A scripted story is provided to help children with first time transitions to school. “Use Positive Words” offers families guidance for responding to problem behavior by emphasizing what to do versus what not to do.


The “Supplemental Materials” folder contains folder labels and binder inserts, should you decide to print the contents of the Toolkits to construct your own kit. The labels and binder inserts provide you with a way to organize the materials.