Mar 25, 2015
I have been dealing all year with a very challenging
student. He has a very difficult time attending,
controlling his body (and his mouth), keeping his hands
off of others, focusing at times, and generally following
the rules. He has gotten kicked out of 2 day cares and 1
preschool. He is now in my kindergarten class and is
having a difficult time - as are the other students and
I. His mother flat out refuses to get any sort of help.
She knows there is an issue but thinks it's allergies or
the fact that he is tired some days. I have met with her
on numerous occasions but she will not have him tested,
labeled, or medicated. NOt that I suggested any of those
but the school psychologist mentioned testing and I
mentioned an OT screening and she wants none of it.
The OT was in observing another student and couldn't help
but notice the student in question. She said he is a
sensory seeker and we need to feed his system with
stimuli: lifting heavy things, pushing/pulling heavy
loads. I guess things to help him feel grounded. Mom
did agree to a weighted vest which is supposed to have
I'm not sure what else to do - taking away privileges
does not help. Rewarding with good behavior does not
help - well, they both are effective in the moment but
neither stop the behavior from happening again.
Any advice would help! Does this situation remind any of
you of a similar one? Thanks in advance!