Sit and Watch

This intervention is arguably the most simple intervention for teaching a student a new classroom-based skill (a desired behavior). This intervention is essentially a modified time-out, in which the student is taught why they were removed and what they should have done instead. After a brief period of time watching the activity from the “Sit and Watch” place, the student rejoins the group and is praised for correct behavior.

A clear set of rules and desired behaviors, explicit teaching of this procedure and why it is important, and having a model child or group, are all essential elements of this intervention. This intervention is ideal rather than a simple timeout, especially for younger students (e.g. Pre-K or K) who are still learning the expectations of school.

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