On 9/27/15, I had a student like this wrote:
> I a student who behaved much like you describe and he was
> labeled ODD (oppositional defiant disorder). If you google
> that you may find something that will help.
> I had an area in the room where he could go to calm down
> but I could still see him and he could hear what was going
> on. I had a couple of pillows and a basket of books in the
> corner and when he needed some space he would go there.
> I also learned to give him 2 *appropriate* choices. EX:
> he didn't want to line up, I told him he could hold my hand
> as we walked down the hall or he could get in line with his
> friends. It took a while and the behavior got worse before
> got better, but it did get better. The choices were always
> give in a calm, no nonsense voice and when he made a
> choice, I told him he made a good choice. At first he would
> play me and not make a choice so I would tell him I'd give
> him a min. to decide and then I would make the choice for
> him (I choice the least favorable choice LOL) and he
> got on board.
> If they run out of the room, keep the door closed and
> (if that's allowed) or put bells on the door so you can
> them open, or put a baby gate across the door if it has to
> stay open. It may not stop them but it should slow them
> If the running is outside, then insist that they stand with
> and hold their hand. Let them know it's not safe and if
> can't make a good choice, then you will have to keep them
> with you to keep them safe.
> It's not easy and it will get worse before it gets better
> insistent, calm, and most of all, consistent. Of course,
> document, document, document. Eventually I got my boy
> into SpED but it took most of the year.
> On 9/25/15, Anonymous for this wrote:
>> This year I have TWO "runners" -- boys who will bolt from
>> the room without any warning that they're about to do so.
>> So far, about all I've been able to do is to call the
>> office (I don't have an aide, and have 25 students) and
>> let them know.
>> One boy has some family issues. Sometimes, if his card
>> was pulled, he'd go hide under the table. Other times, he
>> pulls a "flat Stanley" by laying on the floor and
>> refusing to go anywhere - for anyone, including our
>> principal. Consulting with his mom, I put him on a
>> behavior contract. That worked on Wednesday. On
>> when he realized that he wasn't earning his prize for the
>> day (usually extra iPad time), he climbed over a fence
>> into another playground and on top of the picnic table.
>> There, he jumped up and down on the top of that and
>> refused to come down for any of us. One of the yard
>> duties ran to get help. A few minutes later, I watched my
>> principal as she watched this kid run around the entire
>> campus. He has NO respect for any sort of female
>> authority. The principal finally called the mom, who
>> took off work to come get him, though she made him stew
>> in the office until after school was over. I just wonder
>> if there's something ... not quite right ... about this
>> The other child also has a family issue. There are a lot
>> of children at home, and due to the death of the dad,
>> only one mom to manage them. This child runs every time
>> he doesn't get his way. Today it escalated a little
>> further, with him attempting to knock over some tables
>> and some chairs. I looked at him and told him, "don't
>> even think about it," and he took off out the playground
>> door. I called the office, and then the child ran around
>> the playground for 5 minutes and then over into the other
>> playground, where the school secretary attempted to
>> corral him. I think there may be something else going on
>> with him.
>> Other than calling for help when this happens, I really
>> don't know what else to do. Anyone?