Breaking Things Down and Checklists
One of the easiest strategies for helping our children is checklists. One of the most stressful times of the day is first thing in the morning. There are coats and hats and mittens to put away and that's before you even get to the notes for the teachers and the chairs that have to come down.
So the easiest thing for a special needs student is a checklist. You can tape it to their desk and have them check each thing off as they do it. Sometimes this might seem like just another thing for them to remember to do but after they use it for a while it really makes them feel successful and they eventually won't need it.
It has to be as simple as possible.
1. Take down chair
2. Get notes out for Teacher
3. Put boots by the heater
4. Hang Coat and backpack in your cubby
5. Put hat and gloves on the heater
6. Sit down and put your shoes on and start working for the day.
Try the checklist on its own first. If it doesn't seem to be working, then there should be a reward system . Maybe 5 minutes on the computer if a student gets all of his/her checks for the week.It might even have to be broken down further.
Just keep at it until the student can complete the tasks without the reward and then without the list.