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Posted by linda on August 30, 2000 at 09:02:48:

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?

That is something you and the parent need to work together to overcome. Sounds like he gets away with this at home. My son is 10 and weighs 102lbs so I know how physical that can get. We give rewards such as smiley faces and such, but no food, and we stick by it, if he has a bad day no reward. We take certain luxuries away at home, like his playstation. We give him lots of praise when he does something right, which he loves to get and makes him very happy. Talk to the parent and get this handled before he gets any older. Teachers and parents ALWAYS need to work together. Good Luck.......

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