What is it?
Novel person refers to instructions being delivered by a new or neutral person other than the ongoing staff member. This may be a classroom assistant, volunteer, teacher, teacher from another class, or administration staff. Changing who and therefore how the instructions are delivered to the student, for a set task, can have a positive impact on a student's willingness to follow or cooperate with instructions.
How do I use it?
- Observe contexts where the student is experiencing difficulty following instructions. Are there specific times or set tasks when the student is experiencing difficulty following instructions?
- Discuss the situation with the student's support team to consider if this strategy would be appropriate.
- Identify the:
Check the novel person is available for the time period e.g. if the context is at the beginning of the day, this may not suit administration staff. Explain to the novel person they are providing a different way of delivering the instructions. Instruct the novel person on what to say, when they are going to deliver the instructions, and how often this will take place.
- novel person
- frequency of delivery (frequent use of the person will result in a loss of novelty).
- Novel person delivers the instruction
- Teacher records student's response. Was there an increase in the student's positive behaviour? If yes, continue the strategy. If no, discuss with the student's support team.
- Fading the use of the novel person is important. When the student has demonstrated his/her ability to follow the instructions with the novel person, commence fading the use of the novel person e.g. delivers the instruction 60% of the time and continue to decrease until faded completely.