The teacher in my classroom, Mara (a BCBA – Board Certified Behavior Analyst), is an amazing woman who shares her knowledge freely with the aides in the class. It has made our classroom dynamic run like a well oiled machine. We are all well choreographed and dance around each other like we have done it all our lives (when in reality we have all only worked together a few months).
One of the things that she has taught us is the See it, Touch it, Say it, Do it model. – I am going to shorten this to STSD for ease of writing – cuz that is how I roll.
A lot of kids with Autism have a hard time with focusing in on specifics and understanding personalization. Or, even more specific, they lack the ability to communicate things.
Repetition is crucial for these kids. They may understand something right away, or they may need coached on something a few hundred times before they understand.
This is how STSD works….
- SEE IT – This is a skittle Kari. You eat skittles – See the skittle?
- TOUCH IT – Touch the skittle Kari. This is a skittle, can you touch it?
- SAY IT – This is a skittle Kari, Can you say skittle? We eat skittles, can you say we eat skittles?
- DO IT – Say skittle Kari. We eat skittles! You get to eat the skittle!
This is a video clip of ABA and STSD in action – This is just a Youtube video that I found. This is not anyone I know!
I used skittles in my example because we love them in our classroom! Rewards are always a good way to teach. It is the principle of ABA. STSD will work with anything. A chair, a pencil, a math problem, a word… etc.
I hope you have enjoyed this… try it… you’ll like it!