If you didn’t have an alarm to wake you in the morning, could you maintain your job? For most of us the answer is “no.” Alarms, or prompts, are essential to our functioning and achieving success in everyday life. Positivity brings an integrated alarm strategy to allow your students to self-monitor and self-motivate, granting them the independence most of us take for granted.
Apply alarms with flexibility
Alarms are used to signal actions that take place during an event or activity. For example, if a student has a sensory diet or break schedule, alarms can be set to prompt the learner, allowing them to structure part of their day without intervention.
Customize for maximum effect
You can create a special symbol or sound to prompt students with their alarms. Choose a tone, text to speech, or visual (a specific picture or symbol), and send them to the student’s or caregiver’s device.
Implement with fidelity and best practices
- Increase on-time behavior with this alarm strategy, shown by research to be more effective than paper planners.
- Teach lifelong workplace and social skills by helping students learn to manage their own time.
- No need to manually turn the alarm off: you can set them to silence automatically after a period of time to build independence.
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