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Posted on February 23, 2020 7:57 pm
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yJyLep
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Personal Space
I volunteer at a special needs school and they are all great students. However, some of the students do not understand personal space. They will get very close when speaking to me or grab me. I don't mind it too much but was wondering if there are any solutions to this?
 
     
     
 
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Posted February 23, 2020 8:26 pm

Alyssa Moore
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There are standards on CPALMS that target appropriate social skills. Perhaps you and the teacher that you're volunteering for can come up with a mini-lesson to teach the class about personal space and appropriate touching (like high-fives).
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Solution 2
Posted February 23, 2020 8:51 pm

tyquJy
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If it were me, I would try to make personal space into an activity. For example, tell the students that everyone has their own personal "bubble". If you get too close to someone, you may pop their bubble. This may help make it known that you need your personal space in a way that they might be able to comprehend.
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Samantha Mayhew
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I love this solution! The personal bubble activity is a great idea and it can always be referenced later by the teacher. If a student is not realizing they are in someones personal space, the teacher can remind them by saying something like "you are in their bubble" nicely.
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Solution 3
Posted February 24, 2020 3:42 am

agejeM
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A way to handle this situation is to model how to use personal space, and propose specific instruction for what to do instead. You can host a small example activity, and then suggest possible alternatives, like asking if they can hold your hand when speaking if they need that sensory component.
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