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Posted by jenny on October 23, 2000 at 00:58:31:

In Reply to: behavioral problems in a school setting posted by Denise on October 10, 2000 at 00:48:22:

hello denise-
i am working in an elementary school self contained unit. we have 5 children with down syndrome. i know exactly what you are describing. i was beating my head every day to think of new ways to deal with "transition time". I thought that i would combat their stubbornness with firmness on my part. this really only made things worse. One mother came in after i called her in desperation- and she brought our class some gerbils. now I use the gerbils- and other things- as possitive reenforcements- and things have been much better. When jason does not want to come in from recess- i tell him that that is too bed- because i really need him to help feed the gerbils. he pops right up!! now he knows that the gerbils are feed after recess- and we have less problems. scheduling something the kids like(recess, tv time), right after something they dont like (reading, math)- really seems to work well. theyve come to expect things. routine is key.
its hard though. we still have very bad days.
good luck- and let me know what you discover.
jenny

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