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WottonTry social stories.
Aside from the social stories that people have reccomended on here, perhaps you could have lolly sticks/or tickets with all the children's names on them and randomly pick names out of a hat or container. That way the child will see that the system is fair and square and it would act as a visual aid to remind them of turn-taking.
Perhaps a behaviour chart where he works towards something at the end of the week? in the past i have used a chart that is broken up into sessions where he gets a tick or a smiley face if be behaves appropriately during that time/lesson.
The child must earn a certain amount per week to get a reward at the end of the week. This can also work on a day by day basis if he cannot maintain the focus for a week long period. When it comes to him getting a sad face it is key that you explain that he has decided to behave this way and that the rules (that he should agree on when the chart is set up and he is being positive) mean that he cannot be given a smiley face. That way you do not seem like such a baddy and he feels he keep some control.
I taught a student who had been diagnosed as ASD but also had been Developmentally Delayed as an infant, preschooler and until he was about 5 had no basic verbal skills. When he was 7 he had 'caught' up with the rest of the class, and proved to have great understanding in maths.
When I asked for an answer he would always shout out the correct answer ... often before anyone else had even finished thinking about the question... So the rest of the class would just write down his answer...
He would also get upset if I asked him not to say the answer so that someone else could have the chance to get it right.
A strategy that we came up with the suggestion of the mother was to have a small container on his desk. Each time I asked for an answer (especially in maths) I would walk past his desk and say that I KNEW that he had that answer correct and give him a button to put into his container.
Within ten minutes he was sitting there happily - not telling anyone ealse the answer - with a huge grin on his face...
His teacher knew that he had the answer correct and he had been given recognition for it...!!!
At the end of the day I would allocate a sticker or small reward according to the number of buttons in his container...
I had struggled with this boy for two terms - trying everything - before we gave this a try... and it worked for him.
Lovely idea with the buttons! I might try something similar with my small group.
On a similar theory, small whiteboards do well to stop calling out because children can just show that they know rather than need to call out. Its an obvious and regularly used tool but i feel they arent used enough by some teacher (myself included!). They work really well to keep kids focused on what they are doing/writing rather than other children answering questions ahead of them!
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