The following day, I posted a sign that had a picture of a fire alarm with the universal sign for "no" above it. It reads "No Fire Drill Today". (see picture) It worked like a charm just by seeing the visual the student instantly calmed and was able to do her work.
|Teacher's Tip: Notice I used a magnetic clip to hang this sign on our magnetic white board making it easier to change. On the back side, there is a picture of a fire alarm and the words "Fire Drill Today".|
Now I know the next time we have a fire drill might be a tough day but at least we are able to get rid of the anxiety for now. I plan to create a social story about what we do if there is a fire drill and why we have them prior to the next one to support her even more.
Instructor's Insight: As silly as some kid’s fears may seem to adults, I always remind myself and my staff that every child's concern is a legitimate one. If a student feels scared or anxious, he/she is unable to learn and focus at his/her best ability.