...but I do mean everything. Nothing seems to stop him. The principal keeps saying I need to give him more frequent positive reinforcement. The other principal says I need to make class more interesting for him. My sort-of mentor says my expectations are too high. IMHO, none of those are the answer. The kid touches things/people to varying degrees from the beginning of class until the end. If my expectations are too high, too bad -- he can't be allowed to disturb the other kids like this! If class isn't interesting enough -- well, tough. I try to keep things interesting but as different kids have different interests, there will be times when it's just not so captivating. Besides, the touching is even a problem when he's very interested -- the difference is that if he's engaged in the class then he'll be messing with the materials I'm trying to use instead of just distracting himself with, say, a pencil sharpener. As for the positive reinforcement, it's a start but it's not enough. (I am doing it) The connection isn't clear enough for him, and he doesn't see any immediate result when he does touch things. This is a special ed kid who clearly has a problem with this -- probably impulse control. So I don't want to be harsh with him. I just don't know how to teach him the correct behaviors. Also, some of these disruptive behaviors seem possibly obsessive. I'm not entirely sure, though-- it just seems that he has certain things that he ritualizes/obsesses about. I know I can't simply forbid them and try to prevent him from doing them or he'll just keep on feeling like he has to... For example, he likes to erase the board. After countless reminders, he's actually started to ask me some of the times instead of just erasing what I've just put up. But if my answer is no, I'm still using what's on the board, he gets very upset. Or, any time he's near the board for something else (passing by, e.g.) he'll start wiping it with his hands. Another example is the pencil sharpener. I have an autistic kid who used to be kind of obsessed with sharpening pencils, but after a few reminders he stopped. My rule for the class is that you sharpen your pencils before class and if you run out, I have spares. We have two of those old wall-hanging sharpeners and they make a racket. So now this kid always goes to the sharpener during class (and I KNOW he has plenty of sharp pencils). When I ask him to stop, he doesn't. Or he says, "Yeah, just a minute." (ALL the kids need to learn that that's not an appropriate answer.) Then -- this is the worst part -- every single time he empties the sharpener. I told him a thousand times that it doesn't need to be emptied every time, to a point where I decided, that's it, kid's can't empty it at all -- I'll do it myself at the end of the day. Because this, too, is very noisy and distracting. The shaving-catcher doesn't go on and off very easily. Then it turns into a group activity, with kids grabbing it from each other to try. THIS IS DRIVING ME CRAZY. And nothing I've said or done so far has stopped it. I'm not even going to go into the window situation here... but our windows are also not the smoothest. To make things worse, it's urgent because I have one kid who is generally well-behaved but gets extremely tense and upset when kids are making extra noise (minor problem) and touching his things (major problem). How can I stop the toucher from setting him off every day?!