Personal Safety

What it is

An area of student need, involving a student’s own personal safety and/or the safety of others.

Teaching Strategies

• Develop a baseline of the current behaviour using an Antecedent, Behaviour and Consequence (ABC) chart.
• Develop and implement alternative programming in collaboration with other professionals, teachers and parents/guardians.
• Reward positive behaviours and improvements.
• Directly teach and practise alternate behaviours.
• Develop a consistent method of handling inappropriate behaviours.


• Provide constant supervision.
• Use preferential seating.
• Use specialized equipment, as prescribed to the student.
• Keep potentially dangerous items in a secure location (scissors, etc.).
• Plug electrical outlets .
• Post visuals of steps for appropriate behaviour.
• Post “stop” signs on areas that are not to be accessed by the student.


• Provide extra time.
• Chunk assessments into small parts, alternating with breaks and/or preferred activities.
• Use resource materials/visual cues during testing.
• Use various forms of assessment, focusing on the demonstration of skills.
• Conduct assessments at various times of the day, if possible.

See strategies and resources in Behaviour Exceptionality section and Safety Plan section.

For Purchase

Strategies for various student needs.