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New behavioral support person.
Old 08-29-2019, 10:56 AM
 
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We have a new one this year, and I'm already over her. She treated my 4th graders like crap when we had orientation, snapping at them when they didn't understand her (confusing) directions.
Today I had to send a student to the office because he threatened to stab another student. She caught me in the hallway later to tell me that he did not have his (ADHD) meds this morning, so that's why he did that. Basically excusing his behavior.
No. Not ok. I myself have a son with ASD, ADHD, ODD, and bipolar disorder. In elementary he could be violent, and made threats. NEVER, NEvER did I allow any of this behavior to be excused because of meds, even though meds did control much of it.
I handle almost all behavior in my classroom, with the exception of threats like this, and actual violence. Meds or no this kid needs consequences!


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Old 08-29-2019, 02:17 PM
 
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She caught me in the hallway later to tell me that he did not have his (ADHD) meds this morning, so that's why he did that.
That is not okay. What is that telling the kid? That he can use his diagnosis or forgetting his meds as an excuse for his behavior.
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so she'll now
Old 08-30-2019, 09:49 PM
 
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support his behavior by calling his home each morning to be sure he's had his meds.
Sounds like an appropriate intervention to me.

Sarcasm aside, I agree that no meds is not a get out of consequences card. Learning self control is the aim with or without meds. And I'm pretty sure that the meds don't clear his system in 24 hours.
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What she told them at orientation was a bunch of "research-based" textbook jargon rather than speaking to them like humans. A lot of these specialists are only incentivized to make excuses for kids' maladaptive, disruptive behavior to appease parents. And it's no surprise to me that when these specialists have to actually interact with kids and their irritating behaviors, they don't just excuse it and reward them like they often tell classroom teachers to do.
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