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Old 02-22-2020, 08:25 PM
 
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A few years ago, I had a boy who sounds very similar to your kiddo, including sitting under his desk and making noises. I finally figured out that his biggest problem was getting started with just about everything.

I decided to spend a few minutes helping him get going for each task. We would write one sentence together, read one page together, do a couple of math problems together, etc. Then I would tell him I'll be back in __ minutes and I want to see 1 more sentence, 3 more math problems, etc. I gradually increased the time between check-ins. If I was doing reading groups, I'd have him bring his paper or book to me when he finished a certain amount. He didn't miraculously become an independent worker, but he did improve quite a bit from where he started, which was doing nothing. We had an agreement that he could sit under his desk at work-time if and only if he was doing his work and not bothering other kids.

Hope this helps.
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