Forum 2019 Q & A: Introduction to Unstuck and On Target

Answers provided by Kristin Rattan, Special Education Program Specialist

Q: Are there any plans to use these strategies in the other Learning Centers (not just Darnestown ES)?

A: There are other learning center teams who have been trained in and are using Unstuck and On Target. Autism Unit staff are also available for school teams who would like training and/or consultation to support individual students.

Q: I am an HSM teacher with lots of ADHD and ASD students. How can I integrate this better?

A: If you don’t already have the Unstuck curriculum resources available, we have copies to borrow in the Autism office. There are opportunities for training online through the publishers, locally through workshops at Ivymount Outreach, and professional development or consultation for individual students is available through the Autism Unit. The key to integrating the resources and concepts in a way that has the most impact for students is that learners need to be supported with using the strategies to problem solve within real life contexts, not just taught in a discrete social skills group.

Q: Can Unstuck and On Target help students with behavioral challenges and/or those with intellectual disabilities? Is there a profile of student for whom Unstuck is most helpful? (ie. Is there a cognitive threshold?)

A: The materials and concepts in Unstuck and On Target are geared toward students with strong receptive and expressive language skills. With modifications to the materials, some of the individual concepts and scripts can be appropriate for students with more cognitive needs who might not be able to access the entire curriculum.

Q: What does Unstuck look like at the HSM elementary school and/or learning center (ie Darnestown) and then middle school?

A: It varies somewhat from school to school, and is primarily being used in elementary schools (as well as some discrete programs in middle schools). Many schools are using social skills groups and/or lunch bunch groups to deliver the lessons for appropriate students. Ideally, these sessions should then be followed up with trained staff supporting students in using the strategies and scripts outside of social skills groups.

Q: How to praise when the child does not respond to it? Does "choice/no choice" need to be introduced after the other concepts?

A:There’s some flexibility in the order that concepts are taught. The caution we reviewed with "Choice/No Choice" is that it has the potential to be overused by instructors. Some of the more foundational concepts like flexibility and rigidity should be taught first.

Q: Where can we get resources about the Unstuck program? Can these resources be shared throughout the county?

A:We do have copies of Unstuck that can be signed out from the Autism office (or of course they are also available to order from the publisher). We also have other great social skills resources available, which we use in our discrete ASD programs and that may be appropriate for many learners in other settings.

xMinds Comment: xMinds offers educator grants to cover the cost of curricular materials and training such as those associated with Unstuck and On Target. See our Resources for Educators page for more details.

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