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Posted by Lee on September 11, 2000 at 09:47:18:

In Reply to: 150 lbs 10 yrs old and STUBBORN. help. posted by tina on August 30, 2000 at 00:59:33:

: hi-
: im tina- a new special ed severe teacher.
: i have three students in my class this year that have down syndrome.
: All three are stubborn- but one guy in particular- Bryce- is BIG and stubborn. if he chooses to sit on the floor , for instance, and not sit at his desk, thats where he sits.
: any other 10 yr old, and i would physically "help" them get started on their way to their chair.
: i try to give him a little possitive reenforcement- but the only thing he really responds to are "treats".
: this is something i have a hard time encouraging for someone of his size.
: Any ideas?
: usually when i insist that he follow directions i get a tantrum of kicking and screaming on the floor.
: But when i ignore his behavior he sits and sits and sits all day on the floor- and i fell he has won the battle.
: i want to be consistant. i want to follow through when i tell him he needs to do something. but physically HOW?
Hello,My name is Lee.I have custody of my 16 yr old niece,whom is Down Syndrome.These kids are VERY stubborn,
and I'm sorry to say that proper guidence starts at home! Treats are the #1 blackmail,but you might also try time-out.This may
sound useless,but after time it does work! Sadly with my niece the Threat of losing a meal works wonders.
I would never deny her a meal,but the threat of it.......She was a behaviorial nightmare when I got her a year ago.What I recommend only works with the help
of parents AND teachers.Sugar is a real factor in their behaviors.150 lbs and only 10? This is outrageous.Good luck.

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