Episode 249: Strategies to Effectively Motivate and Reward Neurodiverse Students (ASD, ADHD, ODD & PDA)

Motivate Neurodiverse Students

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Learn the power of personalised strategies to inspire and engage your neurodiverse students, recognizing their unique needs and strengths. From identifying effective rewards to utilising visual Token Reward Systems and navigating challenges like PDA and ODD, this comprehensive guide provides practical tips and valuable resources to support your students’ success.

✅ Why Neurodiverse students need different accommodations and adjustments to motivate and reward them

✅ How to find effective rewards to motivate

✅ Why I love tokens – Visual, Kinesthetic, Consistent and more

✅ Downloadable Tips for Using Tokens

✅ PDA, ODD, why need to be cautious with praise & rewards 

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Implementing Token Reward Systems for Positive Reinforcement


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Books Referred to in this Podcast

Teacher Assistant Blue book –  page 28. 29

Essential Guide to Secondary  pg 73

Ultimate Guide to School & Home  pg 58

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10 Strategies on How to Motivate & Reward Neurodiverse Students

Help students with Neurodiversity to thrive academically and socially using these 10 effective, personalised strategies that leverage their strengths, provide clear expectations, and offer meaningful rewards.
1. Take photos of the student demonstrating the desired behaviour and use them as a visual reminder at the top of their token board.
2. Break tasks into smaller, achievable parts and ensure the student gets to experience completion.
3. Set specific, personalised academic goals with the student and their family, such as aiming for 60% in English.
4. Show work samples at the target level so the student has a clear visual of expectations.
5. Use the student’s special interest to teach concepts across subject areas, no matter how unique.
6. Implement token boards with 5 tokens the student can earn toward a motivating reward.
7. Provide rewards at designated times, such as 5 minutes before recess, lunch, or the end of the day.
8. Create consistency between home and school by using a signature system in the student’s agenda to earn rewards like video game time.
9. Reward students for practicing skills like asking peers for help, not just mastery.
10. Observe the student during free time to identify motivating rewards, such as looking out the window.

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Teacher Assistants Big Blue Book of Ideas

| by Sue Larkey & Anna Tullemans | Companion to the Teacher Assistants Big Red Book of Ideas. Hundreds of new strategies to try. Social skills: playgrounds, friendships, building self esteem, bullying. In the classroom: getting on task, adapting tasks and exams, building independence. Managing anxiety and behaviour.


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Teacher Assistants Big Blue Book of Ideas

| by Sue Larkey & Anna Tullemans | Revised and expanded in 2016. A practical guide to secondary school. Ideas for
all staff, from curriculum engagement, accommodations, group work, homework, using technology, behaviour support, organisational skills to building independence. Includes proformas to photocopy and save you time. This book has over 100 pages of proven ideas and strategies. MASSIVE TIME SAVER for busy Teachers & Parents

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The Ultimate Guide to School and Home

| by Sue Larkey and Anna Tullemans | This book provides key strategies for all ages and stages. It offers over 500 practical strategies and timer savers for school and home from engaging disengaged students, what to do if you don’t have a teacher assistant to considerations for setting up a classroom for teachers; and from developing friends, to moving house and choosing a school for families. It is the ultimate guide for teachers, parents and all professionals supporting children with autism spectrum disorder, including Aspergers, ADD, ADHD, ODD and other developmental delays.

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