Whether it’s a sensory need, feeling sick, having anxiety, or frustration with a task, there will be times when your students need a break.
Your students may not always know how to ask for a break!
As a result, they may use maladaptive behavior to meet those needs, such as running out of the room, completely shutting down, or arguing with staff/peers.
That is where these break cards come in!
Use these break cards as a visual for structured breaks. Teach your students to present these in order to request a break in an appropriate way. Use a timer to monitor these breaks, and provide a specific area or activity that is appropriate.
These break cards can also be used as an incentive/reward. If you use a token economy, consider offering these in your student store.
Laminate for extra durability.
Decide in advance how many breaks are appropriate per day (with the goal of scaling them back), how long an appropriate break is, where the break may be taken, and what activities might be available.
Use these visual break cards to support behavior plans and interventions.