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Old 04-05-2017, 04:47 PM
 
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Sounds like you have made some great gains in understanding him and meeting his needs! He's a lucky boy to be in your class. I love the letters you gave him for break!

As far as getting him ready for 3rd grade, don't wait until June! I'd have him visit (maybe with a few other kids-- you could do this as a "class wide" thing also) the 3rd grade teacher. In a case like this, I would definitely make a grade assignment purposefully (talk it over as to who would be best for him) and help them form a relationship that starts now so he is very familiar with his new teacher come next year. It sounds lie the unexpected is really difficult for him, so you want to set him up for success as much as possible. If you know of any ways you could align your teaching with the 3rd grade teacher to help the transition, you could do them. Not to say you should change your teaching style, but if there are little things his future teacher will do that you can help prepare him for, that might be helpful. If there are any programs he might be able to join in the summer, let parents know about those resources.

As far as attention-getting, try overloading him on attention at other times. Give him lots of positive attention *before* he starts any attention-seeking behaviors. You may already be doing this, but make sure to give him lots of attention so he doesn't need to seek it out at other times. You could also give him "attention cards" or "escape cards." For attention cards, when he wants you to sit with him and help him or talk to him or whatever, he can give you a card and get 5 uninterrupted minutes with you. Escape cards (call them break cards) are cards he can use to leave the classroom to get his break. By giving him cards instead of just letting him know he can go, he's able to tangibly see progress with not needing as many after time, and you can also allow him special rewards for any cards he has left at the end of a day. If you find he needs to leave the classroom 6 times currently throughout the day, you give him 6 cards. He turns in the ones not used at the end of the day for his reward. Eventually, you can give him just 5 cards and so on. Of course you need to teach the use of the cards and set ground rules (e.g., can't use cards during whole-group instruction time).

Good luck- keep us updated
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