18 Strategies to Help Learners Who Make Inappropriate Statements or Sounds

Are you looking for strategies to help students who make inappropriate statements or sounds? If so, keep reading.

1. Connect with the student’s parents to disseminate information about the student’s progress. The parents may reinforce the student at home for making remarks when appropriate at school.

2. Let logical consequences happen due to the student making unnecessary remarks or noises in the classroom (e.g., making noises and unacceptable remarks during class time will cause the student to have to make up the work during leisure time).

3. Teach the student behaviors that promote self-control (e.g., placing hands on desk, sitting with feet on the floor, making eye contact with the person who is talking, etc.).

4. Provide sufficient chances to respond (i.e., enthusiastic students need many chances to contribute).

5. Train the student to carry a notepad with them at all times and to write information down to help them remember.

6. Urge the student to say a mantra to themselves when entering a situation in which they may be enticed to make unnecessary remarks or noises (e.g., be quiet, be quiet, be quiet).

7. Organize the student’s surroundings to limit chances for unacceptable behaviors (e.g., keep the student engaged in learning activities , have the student seated near the teacher, etc.).

8. Teach yourself and others about ADHD to increase comprehension and accommodation of interruptive behavior.

9. Urge the student to create an understanding of themselves and those around him/her. Get the student to periodically step back and ask themselves, “Am I bothering or disturbing others?”

10. Ask the student to roleplay with a classmate. The offending student will play the role of a student trying to concentrate on an assignment, and his classmate will play the role of a student making inappropriate sounds or statements. This way, the offending student can feel what its like to be in the shoes of another student. Ask the offending student to describe how it felt to have someone make inappropriate statements while you are trying to concentrate.

11. Urge the student to pause and consider their thoughts before speaking.

12. Teach the student about ADHD and the need to self-monitor behavior.

13. Teach the student to recognize and make appropriate remarks (e.g., remarks within the context of the situation, remarks that are a follow-up to what has just been said, etc.).

14. Give constant, positive reinforcement for appropriate behavior. Ignore as many unacceptable behaviors as possible.

15. Consider using a classroom management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

16. Consider using an adaptive behavior management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

17. Consider using Alexa to help the student learn to behave appropriately. Click here to read an article that we wrote on the subject.

18. Click here to learn about six bonus strategies for challenging problem behaviors and mastering classroom management.

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