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Need help with a behavior solution
Old 06-16-2010, 10:17 AM
 
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I have a student coming into my life skills middle school program who is non verbal and has many autistic behaviors. One of which is falling to the ground and staying there until he feels like it. So the information I got from the 5th grade teacher is that they let him stay on the ground wherever he may be in the school and hold his arm up in the air until he is ready to get up. Really? So I am supposed to lose an aide in my room for who knows how long (it has been said it has gone on for 45 min. or more) so he can sit on the floor. What does holding his arm up in the air do? Is it supposed to annoy him and make him want to get up? This has got me so confused, I have never heard of anything like this.

There has got to be a better way to handle this behavior. I don't let any of my other students do this. We lift them up safely and keep walking, we have had success with this with one of my students. Any ideas on this?

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Old 06-22-2010, 09:07 AM
 
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I have worked with such students and this holding the arm thing is silly. He should not be touched. You will have to have a para. (for however long) monitor the student as this is also a possible safety issue. Let him sit on the ground all day. I think holding his arm reinforces the behavior.

I have seen behavioral therapist empty the classroom when a student acts in this manner, and the class meets in the hall while the therapist works with the student to comply. I have seen classes in the hall for 60 minutes until the child complies.

Seems like your district needs to foot the bill for a behavioral therapist consultant and behaviroal therapist.

Once the student understands your expectations (and they do understand)--you will not have to deal with this silliness.

I find that paras are being utilized more and more for these type of issues.
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Old 06-22-2010, 04:37 PM
 
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I think you need to try and figure out why he is doing this. Is it for attention; is it a sensory issue (maybe he likes the feeling of the cold floor on his body); is it defiance??? Then make a plan to deal with it, i.e. if it is attention try ignoring it; if it is sensory try to find a more appropriate way get that sensory input; if it is defiance try a reward system. But I would agree that standing there holding his arm up doesn't make much sense and it doesn't sound like it is working if the behaviour is continuing.
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Old 06-23-2010, 09:02 PM
 
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well I agree with the previous posts....don't hold up the child's arm.... I would also find our why they did this in the first place.
Since it is a new room it is time to start new procedures..Design a safe area for him. This is a place he can go when he neoureds to self stim or feels overwhelmed. since he likes the floor have it located in the corner on the floor. Teach him how to use it and when. In the beginning keep him on a very short leash. In other words only out for lunch and a special or 2 that he likes. It doesn't sound like he is a behavior concern Investigate what are the antecedents for his sitting down in the middle of the hall. Can you find out what has happened in the past when they attempted to move him? If that has never been tried I would suggest that when he does this 2 people attempt to lift him up to his feet, calmly telling him that you are going to his safe place, then escort him to your room.
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Old 06-23-2010, 09:05 PM
 
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by the way he does have a communication board. if not get one ASAP


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Please realism that just because a child is non-verbal does NOT mean they do not understand you. Think about what is happening when the student refuses to move. Time of day/medical issues/hunger or thirst/sensitivity to sound or light. Perhaps he is experiencing discomfort and he does not have a way to tell you. Are you using picture cards to communicate? Staff members should not touch the student unless they have been specifically trained to do so. Consult with the previous teacher as well. There is not a magic answer. You are going to have to consider all of the possibilities for the behavior.
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