Grades

    very challenging student
    sunrisemom

    hello,
    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
    been ordered.

    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!