I have a student who has checked out of school (really hates it, has been told so many times he is a problem child by previous teachers), that he has developed some bad behaviors to cope with it. He started this behavior in kindergarten with his previous teacher and has not stopped since. He is currently six going on seven (having his seventh birthday soon), and I can see that he hates school. He: 1) Has gotten so used to flipping his ticket (his classroom teacher uses a ticket system to keep track of student behavior), that he doesn't care anymore. He actually smiles at his teacher when she makes him flip his card. He gets sad when I do it, though, because I tell him he has a good heart and he can be good. 2) Has a case of the excessive wiggles. Can't do the criss cross apple sauce sit quietly on the carpet thing for an extended period of time like he is required to. Now, I know all kids have trouble sitting for a long time, but this kid goes maybe five or so minutes before his body explodes and he can't keep the wiggles in. I addressed this by teaching him some ways to move so that he doesn't hurt his friends. He also gets a seat in the back row (I only teach five kids when I am with him, so he is still pretty close to me in terms of proximity). 3) He pretends not to know how to follow directions and is now openly defiant to all the adults who have worked with him for a long time. He flashes a cute smile, his eyes get this evil little spark, and then he does whatever he wants. 4) Gets easily over-excited or over-stimulated and then there is no calming him down. 5) tries to touch everything he can, and today put a small bottle cap in his mouth. The lunch lady thought he was going to choke on it. 6). He craves physical attention and just cannot stay out of people's space. He regularly tries to crawl into my lap or will touch my hair or things. When he has a good day I do often hold his hand or let him sit/stand near me when he reads. What are some strategies I can try to help this kid? I do not want to be the teacher that helps this kid remain fearful/hateful about school. I have been telling him for the past two days that he is good, I know he can do it. He has been pushing back, but time will tell. I also have a token economy in the classroom where stickers = a trip to the prize box. That doesn't work for him, though, so I'm tweaking the token economy to earn him a trip to do something fun he likes (like play on the iPads, cuddle up and read books on topics he likes with someone he likes).