Looking for Suggestions -- Emotionally Distrubed Student

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  1. kand193

    kand193 New Member

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    Hi all, I am a special education teacher for students who are Emotionally Behaviorally Disturbed (EBD). With one of my students in particular, I have used every trick in the SPED basket. A little background, this student is in middle school, cannot work for more than 30 or so minutes a day. He is also violent and becoming increasingly more aggressive as the year goes on. I have worked with the SPED supervisor to create a plan for when the child becomes aggressive but I feel I need to find a way to become proactive instead of reactive. We have to use food as an incentive (nothing else works) and it only works some of the time. I tried breaking up the work even more, give him frequent breaks, using visual prompt/cues, verbal prompts/cues and working strictly 1-1. I have worked with my supervisors and its suggested he moves to a private school for a more strict education that our private school cannot provide but, it will not happen until the end of the school year. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to proceed from here?
     
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  3. futuremathsprof

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    Safety jacket? Isolation to descalate the situation?
     
  4. Upsadaisy

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    Do you have any adaptive equipment in the room? I'm thinking of the balls to sit on, a standing desk, compression vest, sensory materials. Can he use headphones? Does he like using the computer?

    Is he on meds?
     
  5. Been There

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    As a former intervention specialist, I was a huge fan of educational technology and used it extensively with some of the most difficult students. Believe it or not, I would occasionally ask to "borrow" students from the ED program just to spice up my day! Put aside all the rewards (they don't work anyway) and prepare to minimize what you say to the student - then introduce him/her to a customized digital presentation that you've prepared. If you're familiar with inserting voice-overs and animated cartoons into a PowerPoint presentation, you can try the following. I had great success with this approach, especially with kids on the spectrum! Students who normally could not remain seated for more than 3 minutes in the ED classroom, remained engaged until someone came to get them 45 minutes later.

    1) Make it personal. Collect clipart and animations that relate to one of the student's favorite pastimes.
    2) Prepare a PPT presentation with about 10 blank slides.

    Slide 1 simply shows a single animated character with this narration:
    "Hi John! My name's Mike. I've heard that you love to go fishing! Well, guess what, so do I!

    Slide 2 shows a picture of some fish (photo from internet) that Mike caught along with some narration.

    Slide 3 shows a picture of where the fish were caught along with some narration.

    Slide 4 shows pictures of fishing equipment that Mike used to catch the fish + narration.

    Be sure to have specific questions directed to your student in the narration. Pause the presentation when this occurs and have the student share his responses with you. (Keep your own comments to a minimum.)

    3) If you are adept with using PowerPoint, you can then work with the student to develop his own presentation by finding relevant photos (his own if possible) and inserting them along with appropriate voice-overs (narration).

    Please let me know if this works for your students.
     
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  6. MissaKay

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    What causes the anger? Is it just when you want him to do work?
    Using a first then board with visual icons might help. I know in the past working on TEACCH classrooms of a student was engaging in violent behaviors during work time we would bring them to a separate room (or blocked off area of the classroom) and would wait them out. Literally all day. The same activity would sit there until they did it. Engage in whatever behavior you want, you still have to do your work
    You don't get to go to recess or specials, you have to eat lunch in the classroom...all until your work is completed. Then you have to do work from each activity you missed during the behavior.

    Of course, this is if the behavior is task avoidance. You need to know the function of the behavior before you can provide intervention.
     
  7. Sped Sheets

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    My school psychologist recommended I should begin taking quaaludes when dealing with my ED population, lol. In honesty, I would get the school psych and/or behavior specialist involved.
     
  8. teachsph2008

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    Did this work for most subjects?

    1) Make it personal. Collect clipart and animations that relate to one of the student's favorite pastimes.
    2) Prepare a PPT presentation with about 10 blank slides.

    Slide 1 simply shows a single animated character with this narration:
    "Hi John! My name's Mike. I've heard that you love to go fishing! Well, guess what, so do I!

    Slide 2 shows a picture of some fish (photo from internet) that Mike caught along with some narration.

    Slide 3 shows a picture of where the fish were caught along with some narration.

    Slide 4 shows pictures of fishing equipment that Mike used to catch the fish + narration.

    Be sure to have specific questions directed to your student in the narration. Pause the presentation when this occurs and have the student share his responses with you. (Keep your own comments to a minimum.)

    3) If you are adept with using PowerPoint, you can then work with the student to develop his own presentation by finding relevant photos (his own if possible) and inserting them along with appropriate voice-overs (narration).

    Please let me know if this works for your students.[/QUOTE]
     
  9. Been There

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    I had great success using personalized PPT presentations featuring animated characters and voice-overs that addressed the challenging student by name. The engaging interactivities were specifically designed to "flip" some of the most recalcitrant, uncooperative students - they were used primarily motivate them during reading and writing instruction and were effective with grades 2-6.
     

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