We have a kindergartener who hits other children when he is angry. Though he is not officially diagnosed, we suspect that he is somewhere on the autism spectrum. He has very little support at home. I am a paraprofessional and work very closely with my teacher. Though he has many behaviors that need attention, his first goal is to have safe hands. If he has safe hands, he gets a smiley face on a behavior chart and when he attains a certain number, he gets a reward at the end of the day. However, if he does not have safe hands, he gets a sad face, but no other consequence. In all honesty, I'm having difficulty with this plan. He hit a child at lunch today and then got into wrestling match (not play) at recess. When I approached him and the other student, I told them to sit on the curb and take a break. The other student did immediately. However, the student I work with refused. I did a count down and gave him choices, both of which didn't work. So, I let him just keep playing. I understand that he has special needs, but it is apparent that he understands what it means to have safe hands. He can also communicate, but chose to communicate with me in animal sounds when I asked him to sit on the curb. I believe in positive reinforcement, but I also think there needs to be some sort of consequence. I also know that all children are different and have different needs, but in my mind it's not okay to hurt others physically. Any advice or thoughts? I'm trying to change how I think about this student's behavior, but I'm really struggling!