School starts today! I'm excited because this group of students seem to be a great break of good students compared to the last 2 years---I've been told that, so we'll see. I need a break from a large case load of students with special needs--I had 14 last year The issue: I have a student who constantly says "I can't" and uses foul language about every other sentence. He's on an IEP for ADD. Nothing else. SpEd wants me to use treats, candy, rewards for everything he does do. SpEd claims he has low self-esteem and just needs encouragement. His 2nd grade teacher saw manipulation--I've chatted with her over techniques that worked for him. She said rewards were his key/frustrations were his trigger. She also said he's just a sweet little boy without physical violent issues (yes, I'm thankful for this one for sure ) and loves playing outside. I'm guessing a stock pile of Smarties and M&Ms might be in order. His parents also tend to continue to argue with him and he goes into shut down mode even more when he's argued with. I'm relatively calm by nature and tend to just smile, thank them for trying, ignore, walk away when needed, and carry on with a smile with students who have this particular issue---although I've never had a student with this extreme of personal issues with the "I can't" and use of vulgar language. Would you have any tricks in your teacher box to share for a little guy like this?