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Old 01-06-2014, 07:11 PM
 
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When you are working with the student is there anyone else around? Have you considered adding another student to see if that changes the dynamic?

I had a new student that was very similar. He came in one day and saw me playing an Ipad game with a different student and he started to warm up. I think the anxiety of being 1:1 was a little overwhelming.

The other thing would be to spend the first two minutes with a "check in." This might be a silly question, "If you could have any super power what would it be?" or "Tell me three things you did last night."

Never underestimate the power of novelty. Some times reading like a mouse, talking like a robot, wearing a mustache can be the thing to start breaking through to these kids. I truly believe that 80% of my job is getting the kids to feel like they are safe enough to take risks and try the things that are hard for them. Once they start to believe it the rest comes along.
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