I am looping with a student of mine who is selectively mute. I am trying to reflect on how to be a better teacher for this student. My classes are often very discussion based, and naturally s/he is not excelling in this area. Problem is, s/he doesn't want to (or can't?) write or draw for me either. It's been very difficult assessing this student. We had an argument at this student's IEP meeting over whether s/he should be evaluated as Cognitively Delayed versus Learning Disabled. The case manager and I argued CD based on this student's Wechsler data: Verbal Comprehension Composite=63 Perceptual Reasoning Composite=71 Working Memory=77 Processing Speed=78 Full Scale Composite=65 However, the psychologist argued that s/he was making some academic progress and due to that s/he should keep the LD label. |) S/he has 2 younger siblings, both in Special Ed. One is diagnosed selectively mute and the other is extremely quiet...the whole family is very low and shy. :huh: Regardless of how we classify this student, what are some strategies I can use to increase engagement? I never really know what is a verbal processing issue and what is a motivation issue with this student. S/he is awkward, but seems to interact fairly normally on the playground, at lunch, etc. I am often frustrated thinking s/he just doesn't want to do any work. But I don't want to be THAT teacher. Help me understand!