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The Think Sheet

December 1, 2009 · 20 comments

in Autism, Resources, Strategies

The regular students in my son’s first grade classroom have to complete a think sheet if they pull all four of their cards in one day, so when we created my son’s behavior plan, we wanted to include a think sheet for use after a timeout (timeouts are for yelling or physical aggression only at this point).

His OT created one just for him. I wasn’t sure what it would look like and how much writing would be involved, so I was very pleasantly surprised when I saw that it was mostly circling things. She used emoticons for the emotions and other colorful icons to illustrate the other areas, and it has worked beautifully.

I scanned one of the think sheets so you could see it – sorry it’s not a better image.
think sheet

A couple of notes:

  • Stop and Think is something the speech teacher uses with all the kids.
  • Park It is something we pulled from the training world and included in his behavior plan. It basically means that when you have a question or comment that is inappropriate for a particular time, it can be written down and addressed by the proper person later. Sometimes that’s the teacher and other times it comes home to me. We have it right on his communication sheet. I’m not sure if I’ve posted about that before, but I’ll try to scan a copy of that for a future post.

Michael has even asked to fill the think sheets out when he goes to his quiet space because of being upset about something (that is not the same as a timeout, just a place for when he is overwhelmed or starting to get out of sorts). The OT has encouraged this because it will help him become more aware of how he is feeling before he gets out of control.

We have been following the new behavior plan for one month now, so I am emailing the team to get their feedback and ask for the numbers on how many timeouts there were for each thing. But I know they are pleased with his progress overall, as well as relieved that the new TSS is so much better.

If anyone would like a copy of the Word document, just email me or leave a comment below requesting it and I will email it to you.

This post was written for the Steady Mom 30-Minute Blog Challenge I would encourage to check out the other posts and also the Steady Mom site as there are some great changes happening over there.

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Kim December 1, 2009 at 4:15 am

What great plans! I tell you, that is one of the things I miss most about working in the schools with kids-they come up with such usable ideas!
.-= Kim´s last blog ..Got a Bee in my Bonnet…… =-.


Becki December 1, 2009 at 1:16 am

This is excellent, Trish! Yes, please email me a copy – I can see how this would be very useful!


Kajoli December 1, 2009 at 1:07 pm

WHat a most excellent idea – please could you email me a copy ( how thoughtful of you to suggest that )
Thank you so much
.-= Kajoli´s last blog ..On using your own eyes =-.


Victoria December 1, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Huh, interesting. I like this idea.
In my kindergarten daughter’s class they pull bears out of a cup. There’s two of each color, green, yellow and red.
But I like how this helps to reflect on behavior. Thanks for sharing.
.-= Victoria´s last blog ..Counting down =-.


se7en December 1, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Love your chart… “Stop and Think ” works for us!!!


Lesley December 4, 2009 at 1:21 am

I love it! Can you e-mail it to me? Pretty please, it’s so perfect for my son’s current placement.


Daoglesby October 3, 2010 at 4:01 am

I’ve been searching for a think sheet with visuals…thanks for sharing! Please email to me. I am a special ed resource teacher and work with 3 students with ASD.


Jmerrimanmiller October 10, 2010 at 12:17 am

Please email me a copy of the Think Sheet- it’s great! jmm


Kara Sass August 31, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Hi I love your think sheet you can send it to be me word Please!



Holly Harris November 30, 2011 at 9:26 am

I love the Think Sheet! Would you please email it to me? I’m a school counselor and would love to share this resource with my teachers. Thanks!


Lisa February 3, 2012 at 4:00 am

I am impressed with the Think Sheet you showed on this page and I am very interested in using it with some students. May I have a copy of it?



Jennifer August 13, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Please email me the think sheet too!


Krystal September 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

Can I have a copy of the think sheet please! THanks


Megan April 12, 2013 at 8:44 am

I love this use of visuals with a think sheet can you please email it to me! I am a special education teacher, and could use this in my building.


Kelly June 23, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I love this visual think sheet. I teach technology to grades K-5 and would love to have a copy of this for my Kindy and 1st graders if you would please e-mail me a copy. Also if you have a copy of the communication sheet you mention I’d love to have a copy of it also.


Stephanie September 8, 2013 at 8:46 am

Would you please email me a copy of your emoticon think sheet. Thanks so much.


Stephanie September 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

Thanks so much for sending the attachment!


Tara November 6, 2013 at 12:05 am

Hi! I would love a copy of this “Think Sheet”. I would like to use it with my younger students.


Jon November 16, 2013 at 8:19 am

Can I get a word copy? Thanks.


Anne February 26, 2014 at 1:40 am

Great sheet! Can I please get a word copy?

Thanks so much for sharing!


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