13 Strategies to Help Students Who Are Easily Confused

Are you looking for strategies to help students who are easily confused? If so, keep reading.

1. Get the learner’s vision reviewed if it has not been recently reviewed.

2. Make sure that all directions, explanations, and instructions are delivered concisely.

3. Teach the learner instruction-following skills (e.g., stop doing other things; listen to what is being said; do not begin until all information is delivered; question any directions, explanations, and instructions you do not understand).

4. Teach the learner to rely on environmental signals when moving about the school and related areas (e.g., look for signs, room numbers, familiar surroundings, etc.).

5. Make sure the learner knows how to ask questions, ask for instructions, etc.

6. Teach the learner a survival/directional word vocabulary (e.g., ladies, gentlemen, push, pull, left, right, etc.).

7. Get the learner to orally repeat/rephrase instructions and information given so that the instructor can give clarification and redirection of the given information.

8. Get the learner to practice discovering several places in the school building before or after school or during classes when few other students are in the halls.

9. Get the learner to practice discovering places in the school building by following oral instructions, written instructions, instructions from teachers or other students, etc.

10. Get the learner to follow a schedule of daily activities as they move from space to space in the school.

11. Pair the learner with a peer who has a similar class schedule to have a peer who can direct the learner if they get lost or confused.

12. Get the learner to learn to use a floor plan to find specific rooms, hallways, and areas while following their daily class or work schedule.

13. Make sure the learner has designated teachers or peers who act as a source of information within the school.

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