Re: very challenging student

    On 3/25/15, sunrisemom wrote:
    > 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
    > 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.