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Strategy Help Book
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Prickly Pear Cooperative has developed the Strategy Help Book for Teachers. The Strategy Help Book is a compilation of commonly seen problems and helpful strategies. These strategies may be helpful to any student in your classroom.  The Strategy Help Book is divided into the sections: Educational Tasks, Physical Tasks, Functional Communication, Life Skill Strategies, and Cognitive/Behavioral:
Click the headings and links below to find a strategy for your student!...
Educational Tasks:
I. Written Work
II. Vision Tasks
A. Student holds head near page for reading/writing (Also see Physical Tasks for poor desk posture)
Symptoms of poor eye tracking skills checklist (Link to Bal-A-Vis-X & S'Cool Moves)
III.  Using Classroom Tools
Physical Tasks:
I. Moving at School  (e.g., clumsy, trips, slower than peers)
A. Student has poor posture
B. Student appears weaker than peers
C. Student struggles moving within the classroom/ hallways/stairs
      - Trunk Strengthening 
D. Gross Motor Resources 
II. Playground/Recreation
A. Student struggles with getting on/off playground equipment, with participation in gym class, or games with other students. 
Functional Communication:
Norms References for Articulation and Language:  

1. Speech Articulation

    ~ Word Lists for Practicing Sounds

2. Language

A. Production of Words:

Student using few Words/short Sentences 

B. Understanding of Words:

Student has trouble with Basic Concept words 

 Student has limited Speaking Vocabulary 

(link to webpage with printable Word Web and Word  Mapping HERE)

C. Grammar

 Student does not use complete Sentences or express complete Thoughts

D.Following Directions

Student needs Oral Directions and Questions Repeated Frequently

3. Auditory Processing

Student struggles with Answering Questions 

Student has Difficulty Processing Auditory Information 

Student does not Remember Information (lists, names, etc) easily 

       Memory Pegs words and pictures for Memory Aid 

Student needs Oral Directions and Questions Repeated Frequently

4. Social Interaction/Pragmatics

Student struggles with Social Interaction/Pragmatics


Student struggles with Communicating Needs/Wants (non-speaking, does NOT want to..., interrupting with wants and needs)


Life Skill Strategies:
I. Classroom Behavior Regulation
A. Student does not handle changes in routine (also see Functional Communication).
B. Student is often provoking others around him.
C. Student does not remain in his seat (also see Physical Tasks).
D. Student is often off-task.
E. Student struggles with cooperating with adult directives in all contexts.
II. Sensory Processing
B. Student is a daydreamer
           * Alerting Strategies
C. Student is distractible, hyperactive, irritable, anxious
           * Calming and Focusing strategies
III. Transitions
A. Student has trouble moving from one task to next or from one location to the next.
Last Modified on September 1, 2015