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Understanding and Identifying Inappropriate Behavior: Essential for Social Interactions and Behavior Change

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Self-awareness plays a crucial role in successful social interactions and behavior modification. Students being able to recognize when their actions may be inappropriate or even harmful to themselves, and others is a fundamental skill for personal growth. After all, if students aren’t aware of what they did wrong, how can they initiate change?

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How to Build Self-Awareness for Positive Social Interactions

All too often, we as teachers find ourselves correcting students’ behavior without providing guidance on what actions are appropriate alternatives. Merely instructing students to stop doing certain behaviors without offering appropriate alternatives is ineffective and fails to foster genuine understanding.

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Also, forgetting to explain why certain behaviors are inappropriate overlooks a critical aspect of learning. It’s not enough for students to know what is right; they must also understand WHY they are right. By understanding the reasons behind correct behavior, students can better understand these principles and apply them to various situations, promoting long-term social skill development and behavior modification.’

For instance, teaching students why pointing scissors at others is dangerous not only discourages this specific behavior but also enables them to generalize this knowledge to similar situations involving sharp objects.

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Behavior Reflection Slips Support Social Interactions

To help with the teaching of these concepts, I’ve developed “behavior reflection slips.” These tools allow students to self-reflect on their actions, identifying what went wrong, why it was wrong, and what alternative actions could have been taken. These slips are discreet and can be easily distributed during instances of inappropriate behavior, empowering students to independently recognize and address their mistakes.

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The response from my students to these reflection slips has been overwhelmingly positive, and I am confident they can benefit your students, too. By promoting self-awareness and providing practical guidance, we can empower students to make informed choices and foster a positive learning environment.

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Unlock the potential of behavior reflection slips and watch as your students develop essential social skills and cultivate responsible behavior. For more information, check out the resource below.

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My name is Dee, and I am a General Education teacher turned school level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Combining my time in the classroom and my work as a BCBA, I have over 18 years of experience working directly with students with autism, ADHD, ODD, Intellectual Disabilities, Speech Language Impairments, and other social skills deficits. I look forward to sharing ideas with you.

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