Break TokensMany of our pupils with special needs have difficulty concentrating for long periods of time and will require regular breaks during work time. However, some pupils will use the excuse of needing a break as a work avoidance tactic. These Break Tokens are aimed at helping the pupil to regulate their need for breaks.

The teacher can give the pupil an “allowance” of tokens to be used during the day or for a period during the day, explaining to the pupil that this is how many breaks are allowed. The idea is that the pupil will become aware of how many breaks they need and that, over time, the tokens can be phased out and eventually be eliminated.

Alternatively, these tokens could be incorporated into a pupil’s visual schedule so that they know when they are due a break from work.

There are ten small tokens on an A4 page in this resource.

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