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Posted by Annette on September 21, 2000 at 15:58:29:

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?

What my 9 year olds teacher started doing this year was a reward system.. Through out the day with good behavior, they get tokens. However, if they are naughty the do not get any taken away. And then at the end of the day, they count out the tokens and depending on how many they get depends on the size of the item.. Now I am not sure on every thing she has in her goody boxes, but Caleb has brought home some little stretch men. about 2 1/2 inches long. kinda cute. If you want to know more I can talk to his teacher and find out what all she has in her boxes...

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