"How-To" Videos and Quick Tips on Supporting Behavior for Learning at Home
The Parent Resource Services and Department of Student Services has provided families and caregivers with Tips for “How to Support Behavior For Learning At Home”. These tips are also provided through videos and “How To” documents on the Loudoun County Public Schools Parent Resource Services Website.
These resources are meant to support routines with children in their home setting. The tips provided are similar to what students are already familiar with from school. The more consistent the routines and schedules can be, the easier it will be to support a structured environment for your children in their home environment. Just like schools that use PBIS, doing so at home is much more powerful with a plan to teach, remind, and reinforce behaviors using positive feedback. Emphasizing respect, responsibility, and a sense of community is important for maintaining a smooth home-school connection.
Each topic below includes a video (click on picture) and tip sheet provided in English, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese and Persian-Farsi-Dari. Each video has a closed caption option in English and Spanish.
In addition, a one-page document on quick tips for supporting behavior and a one-page document on quick tips for supporting social-emotional learning are available in multiple languages by clicking here.
Expectations are the behaviors we expect from another person. Oftentimes our expectations are not communicated clearly to those around us, which can lead to miscommunication and frustration. Setting expectations means that you have decided on the expectations and have communicated them clearly to the other person. Setting clear expectations, then teaching and reinforcing them, will increase the likelihood of better outcomes for your child while learning in the home environment.
Deciding on what to use for reinforcement can be very challenging. Some children have many likes, while others have very few. A child can like something but not be willing to complete a task in order to receive it. Choosing the right objects, activities, or social interactions will provide you with options for reinforcing desired behaviors.
Setting up the Environment for Learning
Teachers plan their classrooms to meet the needs of their students. Each child is taken into consideration when arranging the classroom environment to support student engagement. Most home environments are not set up like classrooms. By making a few adjustments, and using what you have available, you can set up a space at home that promotes engagement in learning.
Creating a Token Board
Token boards are a visual representation of expectations for the learner. Token boards come in various designs, from fancy laminated internet templates to glass pickle jars with coins. Token boards should be individualized and accessible for the child. Creating a token board can be simple and made with materials found in your home.
Implementing a Token Board
Token economies are individualized systems that allow an adult to teach and maintain behavior by providing praise and tokens to reinforce expectations while an individual is working towards a goal. The learner earns a predetermined number of “tokens” and then exchanges them for something that is desired (social interaction, tangibles, or activities). It may be helpful to watch the “Creating a token board” module first.
Providing reinforcers immediately following the desired behavior will increase the likelihood that a desired behavior will occur again. Withholding a reinforcer while the child is engaging in an undesired behavior will decrease the likelihood that the behavior will occur again. When seeking behavior change it is important to consistently deliver reinforcers at the proper time.
Building a Growth Mindset
Growth Mindset is believing that your abilities are cultivated through effort. With a growth mindset, students continually work to improve their skills and view mistakes as opportunities to learn. They are resilient learners, continuing to try, even when facing great challenges.Through the use of encouraging affirmations and positive quotations, negative thought patterns can evolve into positive ones.
Emotions impact attention, memory, creativity, performance, and learning. Emotional regulation strategies help to prevent, reduce, or maintain emotions in order to promote well-being and positive learning experiences.
Schedules and Routines
A schedule is a laid-out structure or plan on how and when tasks and activities will be completed. A routine is established by repeatedly following a plan. Having a set schedule will offer you and your child consistency, allowing for the establishment of routines.