Meal times (breakfast, lunch, snack) are often preferred activities for our students. Let’s capitalize on that fact to encourage the important and necessary skill of requesting! Resist the temptation to pass out packaged meals for students to open themselves. Take some time beforehand to sort food items and utensils into separate buckets/containers for easy distribution: plates, napkins, straws, juice/milk, food items, etc. Preparing in advance will limit the amount of time that students have to wait for these items as well as the possibility of problem behavior. Instead of spending time opening, sorting, organizing and simply handing out items to students, staff members can now use that time to provide many opportunities to request the items! Encourage requesting for the items listed above as well as actions that may be associated with them!
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