emotionally disturbed 1st grader

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  1. PEteacher07

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    i see this student everyday for 45 minutes in PE. i have to sit her away from everyone else, b/c she can't handle being around other kids without bothering/distracting them. she pulls out her hair, she chopped off her hair last night at home with scissors and then told her teacher that she was going to finish her self hair cutting tonight. she bangs her head against the wall on purpose, she picked up a rock and through it at a well behaved student who didn't initiate anything. today she peed all over herself and the after school care worker on purpose. what worries me the most is that she wrapped a cord around her neck and was threatening to kill herslef. how does a 7 year old child know about suicide? i NEVER knew about suicide that young.

    her parents completely detached. i think they have given up on her b/c they don't know what else to do. a behavioral specialist is coming to observe her in PE tommorow. i am wondering what is going to happen. as much as she frustrates me b/c she is 1 of 75 other students that my other and 2 coaches have to see everyday, she truly scares me. i don't want her to hurt herself.

    has anyone ever had a student like this before? this is only my second year teaching so all of this is very new to me.
     
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    Unfortunately, I have had numerous students like this one. First of all, good for you for seeking help for her. Second of all, be patient. It's trying at times (most of the time) but it's not her fault. Just keep telling yourself that. What is her teacher doing about it? Has her teacher intiated an SST? It seems to me that this is an extreme situation, and a team needs to get together to figure out how to get to the root of the problem. She obviously needs help. What is the home situation like? Are the parents supportive? I am sure there is much more to this story than meets the eye...
     
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    There was a K student last year who wasn't even in my class and still pushed about every button I had!! I was just dreading having this child this year. Lots and lots of anger, violence toward others, extreme emotions. The family got the child some counseling and I am so so happy to say that the child has improved. We can actually communicate. The child has taken great strides in dealing with anger and the extreme emotions, trying to verbalize rather than become violent and self destructive.

    Just wanted to tell you - good for you to try to get the child some help! With counseling, this girl can get the tools to curb the antisocial behavior and replace it with positive behavior. She will have a much happier life and more successful education. Hang in there! It is so hard, but so worth it once you start to see the child making changes for a better life.
     
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    her parents are just not htere anymore. i think they don't know what to do anymore so they have just totally detached themselves from her. i think they thought if they ignored it, the problems would go away. but they have escalated from simple defiant behaviors in kinder to out right violent and self destructive behaviors in 1st grade. her first grade teacher is very experianced and she has done most of the initiating.

    the behavioral specialist did visit and saw her kicking off her shoes and refusing to put them back on when the other students were seated quietly and learning their new ASL signs as a cool down. so she definatley saw it all.

    we are expecting an aide to start monday with the student. i think she will be following her around during all parts of the school day including my PE class. i am hoping that the aide can help her get a grip on her behaviors.
     

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