Re: Runners
    great advice!

    I am no special ed expert, but take the advice from this last
    poster and keep pushing for an eval. of the child. ED and ODD
    come to mind when I read this. One of the saddest things is
    getting a child identified late and then I get them as freshman
    who are difficult to manage because of their age and size.
    There is nothing uglier than a freshman laying flat on the
    floor in high school.....
    Getting a team on the kid and getting an eval. as soon as
    possible and getting interventions as soon as possible will
    make a huge difference for everyone. I would also start an
    informal BIP in place for documentation purposes.

    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: When
    > 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 it
    > 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 finally
    > got on board.
    > If they run out of the room, keep the door closed and locked
    > (if that's allowed) or put bells on the door so you can hear
    > 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
    > down.
    > If the running is outside, then insist that they stand with
    > and hold their hand. Let them know it's not safe and if they
    > 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 but
    > 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
    > Thursday,
    >> 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
    >> child.
    >> 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?