I teach in a cross-categorical special education classroom. I only have four students this year. They are all very low academically, but I have seen them improve so much since I began working with them (beginning of last year 06-07). I have one student who "graduated" from our life skills program and is now in my classroom. It is still a self-contained classroom but we work on a lot more academics (but it is 2-3 grade levels behind). She is the most interesting kid. I love her to death. She is AU, she's cute and funny. She just has this PERSEVERATING that cannot for the life of it be stopped. ANYTHING she sees or wants will be on her little turntable in her head, ready to be screamed at any moment. Anything that triggers it (it could be a reminder cue - some other child saying the words "pumpkin patch" --- an announcement over our loud speaker -- "don't forget to come get your prizes in the office", or even just a simple day of frustration where when she's upset -- she just screams). We have a communication system for her in her daily schedule book. She uses it when she "loses her words" because she's so upset. She is primarily verbal but has days where she decides she's non-verbal until she wants to scream it all out. Anyhow, point of my post is: screaming. Constant screaming. There is NOTHING that will make her stop. My battle is that I can either give her what she wants and prevent these outbursts, or I can run my structured day like I do with the rest of the kids and she can join us or choose to scream. But, we all suffer (all of the teachers and classes in our building) because the screaming is SO intense. I am constantly trying to decide whether to just give her easier work (she usually gets frustrated if it's something that's "challenging" -- which I like to do with all of my kids. Sometimes it's not even something that difficult but if I say "whoops-- add an apostrophe!" Or something like that, there's an immediate outburst meltdown like "It's not right, you got it wrong, no 100% for you, stop that you bad girl, you are so dumb, you got it wrong!" And then that continues on for at least an hour - and like I said before - will slowly twirl into other things that have not yet surfaced (I want pumpkin patch, I want Dora Movie, I want gameboy, I want _____) basically anything she has seen that she "wants" at that time. We have tried visuals, social stories, rewards, punishments, increased priveleges for good behavior, sticker charts, check sheets, behavior logs, special "parties" at the end of the day for a good day (which ended up getting perseverated on, like everything else, so the day would be ruined when it could have been good --- because she ended up screaming "I want good girl party I want good girl party" for the duration of the day. It's SO frustrating. She's a kid who works so well with rewards, but PERSEVERATES on EVERYTHING and ANYTHING. So, I can't use rewards, because we end up putting our feet in our mouth if we say anything about them ahead of time, because she flips out if she can't have it right then! We have her in my classroom (which is a Structured Teaching Model classroom) --- every second of the day is structured. We do the SAME exact thing, every single day. It is not a "scheduling" or "routine" issue, because we follow the same thing every day. Like I said, I could leave all of her stuff as she does it - because she's a perfectionist.... but then how can I teach her the things I need to teach her? (that math problem is incorrect, that sentence makes no sense, etc) --- these are the times that the meltdowns happen, when she has to be corrected. Sometimes the meltdowns are just random and have nothing to do with work. All of the teachers in the hall can tell that I am slowly going nuts. The other kids are subjected to four to five to six hours of screaming every day. We have nowhere else to go. I have an administration that is not very supportive of anything that has to do with special ed. The mother WILL NOT come get her "due to the behavior issues" because it is "our problem." She says She's at school and we need to implement some behavior modifications to fix the issues at school. "I will NOT come get her." The Life Skills teacher and I take turns on figuring out what to try with her. Like I said, I'm going nuts. Today was the fourth consecutive day this week where the screaming was over 3 hours long. We have noise cancelling headphones that I put on all of my students and my assistant. I was joking that we were all on a plane and I called all the kids lieutenants - and I was yelling "we've got an assignment guys, let's get going!" And we were using our pencils as our flight controllers and making static noises over our eraser radios. (all the while, the screaming child was in the middle of the room laying in a bean bag kicking her feet in the air, screaming, and screaming, at the top of her lungs) --- we COMPLETELY ignored today, and THAT didn't even work! NUTS! I am going NUTS! Does ANYONE have any ideas for me??? I am up for ANYTHING. NUTS NUTS NUTS.