Independent Work Systems Can Help Reduce Problem Behaviors

Managing problem behaviors in special education can be tough. Independent work systems can help reduce issues and improve learning outcomes to reduce problem behaviors.

They offer increased student independence and productivity while reducing disruptive behaviors.

This approach is particularly useful for students with disabilities who struggle with focus or impulsivity.

Incorporating these systems can create an efficient and effective learning environment for all students.

Provide structure and predictability:

Providing clear expectations can reduce student anxiety and frustration. Using this visual format is a key benefit of IWS systems.

These systems offer structure and keep students on track, leading to improved performance and less stress.

Over time, students may even request these systems because of their calming and predictable nature.

Increase student independence and self-sufficiency:

Allowing independent work builds student confidence and encourages self-directed learning, vital for students with disabilities.

These students may need more guidance and support to thrive in the classroom and reduce problem behaviors.

Using IWS systems for a short time can lead to visible boosts in student morale and pride.

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Introducing independent work systems in your classroom takes effort, but the benefits are worth it.

These systems reduce problem behaviors while promoting student independence and self-sufficiency.

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So, where do you start?

Here are a few tips for implementing independent work systems in your classroom:

  1. Start small: Introduce independent work systems gradually, so that you can see how your students respond and make any necessary adjustments. Or even just start with one student at a time. 
  2. Provide explicit and clear instructions: Make sure that your students understand what is expected of them and how to complete their tasks. Using visual supports, such as picture symbols or written instructions, can be especially helpful.
  3. Offer additional support and guidance: Be prepared to offer additional support and guidance as needed, especially to students who may struggle with certain tasks. This can be in the form of one-on-one instruction or providing additional resources or materials.
  4. Monitor progress and make adjustments: As you begin to implement independent work systems, pay close attention to how your students are responding. If you notice that certain students are having difficulty with certain tasks, make adjustments as needed to ensure that they are able to succeed.
  5. Be consistent: Consistency is key when it comes to independent work systems. Make sure that you are consistently using the same strategies and techniques, and that you are providing consistent feedback and reinforcement to your students. Make sure that you are using these IWS systems every single day in the classroom!

If you are looking for more training on how to get started implementing Independent Work Systems in your classroom, check out my free, on-demand training right here!

Help reduce problem behaviors

Introducing independent work systems in a self-contained classroom can reduce problem behaviors and promotes student success.

Offering structure, predictability, and positive reinforcement encourages student independence and self-sufficiency.

These methods create a positive and productive learning environment for students with disabilities.


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I am a High School, self-contained Autism teacher from Central New York, who is passionate about individualizing student learning. I am a mommy of three, lover of all things Disney, married to my best friend and addicted to chocolate!! I hope that you find great ideas and inspiration here, so welcome!!

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