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The Classroom Environment

This page offers helpful resources to add to your classroom environment in order to meet the needs of students with InD or ASD. 

Must Read: Behavior Management Strategies

The intended audience is for classroom paraprofessionals but we think that this article has a lot of helpful tips that benefit all. Enjoy! Click here to read. 


These slides are from our teammates on the InD Team- "Make and Take" presentation. You can access that presentation and all related resources from that 2 day presentation by clicking here

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Working with the Paraprofessional

The ASD team has created a Paraprofessional Handbook that has a lot of helpful resources for teachers and paraprofessionals. Click here to check it out. Once you are there, click on "Content Library" to see the information in the notebook. 

You want to always start your year by discussing how your paraprofessional can support the classroom. We strongly recommend that this be a positive meeting done with your administrator over ESE. Click here for a handout that may facilitate this conversation. 

Assistive Technology

Be in the know about Assistive Technology that is available to students with disabilities. The Assistive Technology Department in is available to support you with your students' needs. Visit their website at

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Are you familiar with the Assistive Technology Implementation Plan (ATIP)? View this document by clicking here. This is your first step towards acquiring assistive technology for your student(s).

Visual Strategies 

Classroom Labels

Setting Up Classroom Centers


The following suggestions are offered for every classroom:

  1. Have a schedule posted that you will follow with your students. Consider using chimes or soothing music to indicate a transition from one class to another (if students are in the same classroom for the duration of the day). Information on schedules can be found on this page.

  2. Consider posting Classroom Jobs for your students.

  3. Have centers established for your students to include Whole Group, Small Group, and Independent Work. Incorporate a Technology Center, Quiet Space, and Reading Center as appropriate.

  4. Post behavior expectations within eyesight of the students. Review in a positive manner regularly. Remember- behavior needs to be taught just like academics!

  5. Establish a communication system for yourself and your students' families.

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