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Adapted Book For Social Skills – Profanity Replacement Behavior for Autism/Special Education
Do you have a child in your class who blurts out profanity? Does he or she use it as a stim, during times of stress, or has it become a negative behavior? This was given to a friend to try with her student and the results have been remarkable!
YES! I am going to list the steps here, but they are also included with the activity.
1. When the student enters the classroom is to sit at a desk or table with the student and have him/her read the Adapted Book. The student will place each word card on the correct page.
2. The student may choose ONE of the 8 replacement words provided. This will be the word to replace the profanity.
3. The student will be given the Word Card containing 15 squares with the selected word in it. The student will read the story on top of the car, or it can be read aloud to the child by an adult.
4. The student will be told that there are 15 squares and each time he or she feels the need to say the word, it must be marked off. Initially, the child will reach 15, or more likely exceed that number. Once the child marks off the 15th word square, he or she must ONLY have it as a “thought” but neither the replacement word or curse word can be said. This step may take a couple of weeks to improve, as it requires intensive and a deep commitment on both the part of the students AND teacher.
5. The teacher may offer a reward or incentive, but again, this may take a few weeks for the student to achieve this level depending upon how severe the behavior (profanity) is.
6. There are small word cards that the assistant may keep on a ring or their lanyard to use as a visual reminder when needed, especially at the very beginning of the behavior modification process.
· One Adapted Book – “These Words Are Okay To Say”
· 8 Social Narrative Word Boards (each board contains one “replacement” word)
· 8 Word Cards for Assistants Key Ring or Lanyard
· Suggested IEP Goal
YES! You may modify the goal by adding a level of prompting.
Given a choice of up to 8 words or phrases (drat, darn, snap, shucks, gosh, “Oh, man”, fudge, heck), STUDENT will begin the day by choosing one replacement word/phrase to say during during times of perceived need (stress, anger or frustration) with a decreasing number of times the replacement word is used (15/10/5), by self-monitoring progress in 4 out of 5 opportunities, by MONTH, YEAR.
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