These cards are recommended for school aged children (PreK – 6th Grades). The I Need...Cards teach students a more appropriate way of communicating their specific needs with their teacher without interrupting the entire class during academic instruction.
It is recommended that the teacher establish a nonverbal signal with the student and/or students prior to using the cards in the classroom.The nonverbal cues will help the teacher and their students communicate, once any one of the I Need Cards have been pulled out by a student.
These cards can be especially useful in special day classrooms (SDC) for those teachers who often have students who are nonverbal, students who have difficulty expressing their need, and/or students who frequently interrupt academic instruction time.
It is best to introduce these cards to the class or individual students at the beginning of the school year.