Mar 29, 2015
On 3/25/15, sunrisemom wrote:
> 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
> 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!
I had a student like this awhile back. His parents and I
decided on creating a place in the classroom where he could
go and "relax" with a basket of sensory oriented toys and a
few of his personal, favorite books. He had a soft, kid sized
chair, and a basket with things like squishy balls, stuffed
animals, etc. The little boy had the freedom to go there
whenever he/ or I thought he needed his own space. He
also loved to play in the water, so I would sometimes let him
wash all of the paint brushes, whether they needed it or not.
He became peaceful, and I was able to attend to the other
students for a bit longer without his interruptions.