21 Hacks to Encourage Kids to Take the Consequences of Their Behavior Seriously

Are you looking for hacks to encourage students to take the consequences of their behavior seriously? If so, keep reading.

1. Be sure to take every chance to explain to the student that it is their behavior that determines whether consequences are positive or negative.

2. Highlight the consequences of other students’ behavior as they happen (e.g., the chance to point out that consequences happen for all behavior and for all persons).

3. Stop the student from becoming overstimulated by a learning experience(e.g., frustrated, angry, excited, etc.).

4. Create classroom rules: • Complete every assignment. • Complete assignments quietly. • Remain in your seat. • Finish tasks. • Meet task expectations. Examine rules often. Praise students for following the rules.

5. Get the student to list the pros and cons of an action and determine if the pros outweigh the cons before they take action.

6. Talk with a mental health provider about the student’s failure to consider the consequences of their behavior.

7. Help the student find the situations in which they are most likely to fail to consider the consequences of their behavior. After they have identified these situations, have them think of ways to minimize their occurrences.

8. Observe the student closely in situations in which they are likely to act impulsively without considering the consequences (e.g., keep close physical proximity, keep eye contact, regularly connect with the student, etc.).

9. Give the student more decision-making chances relative to class learning activities and tasks.

10. Draft an agreement with the student stipulating what behavior is required (e.g., acting deliberately and responsibly) and which reinforcement will be implemented when the agreement has been met.

11. Show an interest in the student (e.g., acknowledge the student, ask the student’s opinion, spend time working one-to-one with the student, etc.).

12. Allow the student to earn those things they want or need so that they will not engage in unacceptable behavior to get them (e.g., lying or stealing to get something essential to him/her).

13. Make sure the student knows that consequences naturally follow behavior. You do not make the consequence happen; it is their behavior that makes the consequence happen.

14. Provide the student with duties in the classroom (e.g., teacher assistant, peer tutor, group leader, etc.).

15. Refrain from competition. Failure may cause the student to ignore the consequences of their behavior.

16. Urge the student to consider the consequences of their behavior before engaging in any learning experience.

17. Provide logical consequences to help the student in learning that their behavior determines the consequences that follow (e.g., work not done during work time has to be made up during leisure time, what they waste or destroy has to be replaced by him/her, etc.).

18. Stop peers from engaging in those behaviors that would cause the student to fail to consider or regard the consequences of their behavior (e.g., keep other students from upsetting the student).

19. Do not let the student use ADHD as an excuse. Hold the student responsible for their actions. However, understand how to accept the problems that ADHD brings into the student’s life while they are learning to make accommodations.

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

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

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