Supporting Neurodivergent Students: The Importance of Goal-Setting and Progress Monitoring

Neurodivergent students may face unique challenges in academic and social settings. However, with appropriate support, these students can succeed and thrive in school and beyond. The National Center for Learning Disabilities estimates that 1 in 5 children in the US has a learning or attention issue, which includes conditions such as ADHD and dyslexia. It’s important to note that not all neurodivergent students receive a diagnosis, so the actual number may be higher.

One important aspect of supporting neurodivergent students is establishing connections between the home and school environments. This can include regular communication between parents, caregivers, and teachers, as well as involving parents in goal-setting and decision-making for the student. By keeping parents and caregivers informed and engaged, educators can ensure that the student is receiving consistent support across all settings, which can help them stay on track and make progress.

Goal-setting is another important tool for supporting neurodivergent students. Setting clear, achievable goals can help students stay motivated and focused, and can provide a sense of accomplishment when they are achieved. Goals can be academic, social, or personal, and should be tailored to the student’s individual needs and strengths.

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EZ Stickerbook provides tools to allow educators set clear, achievable goals and track and reward the progress of their students using stickers, pop-its, or other rewards so that students can see their progress over time and feel a sense of accomplishment as they reach their goals. EZ Stickerbook also allows for customization, so educators and parents can tailor the reward curriculum to the individual needs and preferences of the student. This can include things like choosing specific rewards that are meaningful to the student or adjusting the frequency or intensity of the goals to match the student’s abilities and preferences.

In addition to tracking progress towards academic goals, EZ Stickerbook can also be used to monitor progress in other areas, such as social skills, behavior, and self-care. The Emotional check in provides an additional vector of data to help drive timely and appropriate interventions.

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