Behavior Cue Cards

Visual reminders of behaviors that may help to reinforce or replace verbal directions or prompts. 

When to Use: 

  • Use to replace or reinforce verbal directions. 
  • Use to quickly and quietly redirect a student. 


  • Make sure that the student has the desired skill before using behavior cards. A student must be taught how to “sit in seat” before a visual will help them remember to sit in their seat. 
  • Think about what you want the desired behavior to ‘look like’ and ‘sound like’ for each student. Sitting in seat may look or sound different for each student. Teach the student based on their abilities and needs. 

How to Use: 

  1. Use the cue card to visually reinforce verbal directions, or as nonverbal reminders. 
  2. Be sure the student can see the cue card. 


  • Use photos of the student or students engaging in the behavior, rather than line drawings, to increase student ownership and understanding of the desired behavior..