Building self-regulation with decision trees and workflows

When students have difficulty determining steps in a process, sequencing events or making choices, you can keep them on track by providing prompts using clear visuals paired with words. Decision trees support a variety of tasks and workflows to develop students’ executive functioning skills and help them build independence.

Provide concrete, easy‑to‑follow instructions

Easy to develop in Positivity with simple visual clarity, a decision tree can help students quickly see the consequences of their choices—positive and negative—and steer them toward desired behaviors. Similarly, a visual workflow guides students through a process, and “if‑then” visuals support transitions.

Deliver just‑in‑time support

Positivity enables you to schedule a decision tree to appear at any point during a student’s activity—right when the information will help most—whether it’s support for making the right choice or completing a step in a process. This will gradually eliminate the need for an adult to prompt the student, building important independence skills.

Implement with fidelity
and best practices

  • Choose a template provided within Positivity, individualize it with relevant symbols or images and deliver prompts that will help students visualize the reward for a positive decision or action.
  • For best results, teach students about using and interpreting the decision trees and workflows you create before introducing the visuals into their daily schedules.
  • Reinforce desired actions or choices by pairing the decision tree or workflow strategy with Positivity’s incentive strategies.

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