I was reading about a poster who was doing fine w/a behavior problem student until a behavior coach started interfering. We do not have behavior coaches, but we have an enabling, inexperienced, interfering, sped dept. that shows up,observes, and tries to tell teachers what to do once they've heard a kid flipped out. Not only do they have a whole different philosophy on education than the rest of the teachers, they make the kids worse. They give out trinkets to kids for things like: sitting for 5 minutes, doing a worksheet 1x, and other things the kid is already very capable of doing. They allow kids to get away w/ crazy behavior, do not believe in any form of consequences, and make excuses for "their kids" often blaming the child who told the truth that makes "their student" look bad. They use the word "their" even when the kid is w/ the teacher most of the time if not all. The more people like this you get into the "mix", the worse the student (s) become. One of my bf's is dealing w/ this now. She was getting an unruly kid under control using both natural positive and negative consequences. The use of any system takes time. The kid was getting better with her consistency. Now this group has decided to focus on 1 of her kids. They give him tons of sympathy for things he perceives are wrong w/ his family and class. I know him well. He is a manipulator and used to getting his own way through throwing all out fits. He is very capable of not throwing fits. I have seen him many times, stop, assess the situation, and quickly ponder if it is in his best interest to flip out. Who is there? Who is not? What are we doing next? He's actually smart and other than behavior would not qualify for sped services. The aides question the kid out of nosiness in my opinion. Then gossip about it and make it seem like "poor kid." I know it is really hard to find sped aides, but this has gotten way out of hand. The kid is back to ground zero because of their tactics. Does your sped department have similar ideas on behavior as your general ed teachers? I try to tell myself this group is just way off base, but they have screwed up quite a few kids this way over the last few years. I also just try to think it is lack of knowledge on their part. We had really good sped people where I came from , so I know not all people in sped are like this.