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Scenario Organisation Outside of School Scenario 1: Remembering and Doing My Homework Mark finds it hard to remember to do his homework and to get organised with the strategies required to successfully complete such a task. The HANDS tool could be used to remind him about doing his homework and help support him in the steps he needs to successfully complete it.
Solution Organisational Difficulties Solution: Remembering and doing my homework Pedagogical consideration: Think about the appropriateness of this scenario for your student. Talk it through with them first. Think about the language you use on the phone to support your student. Think about when this approach might be more effective than other methods (e.g. Where the child doesn’t respond well to parents nagging them about doing homework and the child would prefer to feel more independent) Pedagogical consideration: Collaborate with parents and other staff members; consider the child’s homework schedule; the specific circumstances in the home – when and where they should do their homework and what actually happens when it is done. Operation on CoMe: Create anintervention to prompt the child to remind them to do their homework and to look at their PT on ”Doing My Homework” Operation on CoMe: Create a PT that the child can access, guiding them through step-by-step on getting ready for doing their homework. Operation on CoMe: Create a reward for completing their homework. Pedagogical work: Practice with the child; use offline communication to support e.g. Phone the parents to track the success of the task; if there is a home-school contact book use that to support communication about the use of the HANDS tool. Duration: 1 hour planning /preparation and + 20 minutes on CoMe.
Steps Steps (Create a PT 1 – 8): Click on the PT icon next to your student’s profile Click add a new story: 3. Give your PT template a name ”Doing Homework” and allocate reward points by either selecting reward points you have already created or adding new reward points. Add the story 4. Click ’manage story steps’ icon: and add steps
5. Now you can add the description of your first step in the story and upload a picture using the ‘select from gallery’ button. 6. Click on add step:
7. Click on the green icon next to your first story step and you will be able to repeat the steps 5 and 6 for adding as many story steps as you wish. 8. Once you have created your finished story board you can click on the Add as Template button in the top left corner of the screen in order to share the story or use it again. You have now completed your PT. You will next need to create an intervention.
Steps Steps (Create an Intervention): Click on Interventions tab in top left screen in the diary (HIPD) Click ”Add Intervention” and create the intervention ”Doing Homework”, allocating a time frame within which you would like your prompts to appear
Steps • 3. Click on the Add Prompt icon next to your intervention • 4. Decide if you want a ’question’ prompt (such as: Have?) or a string prompt (such as: Look at your PT to see how to get ready for homework) and fill in the message. • 5. Make sure at the PT prompt that you select the Homework PT that you created from the drop down list.
Tips Tips: What is an appropriate support on the phone for one child may not be appropriate for another child. Inform other teachers what does and doesn’t work on one of the networks: school meetings, moodle or facebook group. Teachers and parents will be able to work collaboratively together on different areas where children need organisational support outside of school, such as doing homework, getting the dinner table ready, preparing to go swimming, taking medicine etc, going to bed on time. Think about who will initiate the intervention and joint communication, especially thinking about how you will work collaboratively with parents to monitor and assess the use of the intervention at home.
Tips • Tips: • When designing your PT, consider issues of credibility – i.e. Will an image or sentence from an adult who has credibility (their parent, teacher) influence the child to complete the task or will an image or message from a ”hero” such as a sporting figure have an influence in persuading the child to complete the task. • Don’t expect the intervention and PT to be a ”wonder solution”. e.g. If the child doesn’t want to go to bed and doesn’t see it at all as a problem, an intervention is unlikely to succeed. In such a case, other interventions (eg discussing why they don’t want to go to bed!) apart from HANDS, will need to be used in addition. • Evaluate your efforts using the report function on CoMe. • It may help to go to the following related tunnels: • Independence Training • Social skills are used everywhere – so are HANDS • Improving collaboration • How to work with motivation