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IEP Sample Statements to Improve Work Habits

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Children with ADD or ADHD often have difficulty sustaining good work habits. When developing IEPs for students who need help with their work habits, it is important to remember to key in on a few specific areas. Changing one behavior at a time is much easier than focusing on too many which will be overwhelming for the student. Here are a few samples to stimulate some ideas:
  • Focus attention with minimal supervision or intervention.
  • Refrain from distracting others.
  • Listen when directions and instructions are given.
  • Identify what is need each work period and each day for homework.
  • Be prepared for assignments.
  • Take the time to do things right the first time. (or take double the time to do it over).
  • Think things out on your own before asking.
  • Try things independently without giving up.
  • Work independently as much as possible.
  • Persevere to achieve goals and completion of work.
  • Apply successful strategies when involved in problem solving.
  • Be able to re-state problems, instructions and directions to help with understanding the task at hand.
  • Take responsibility for all work being done.
  • Participate fully in group situations or when called upon.
  • Be responsible for self and belongings.
  • Remain positive when working with others.
  • Cooperate in both large and small group settings.
  • Be considerate of the opinions of others.
  • Seek positive solutions for any conflicts that may arise.
  • Always follow the routines and rules.

When you think about it, many of the work habits lead to good skills for life habits. Work on one or two at a time, obtaining success before moving to another habit.

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