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LindaPearl
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I have a special needs child in my classroom (age 12) who has downs syndrome,  a negative personality, screams and refuses to join in activities. HELP

In Topics: School and Academics, Special needs
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LouiseSattler
Oct 27, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk,

I first commend you as a teacher for wanting to do what is best for your classroom and this child. Is there another educator in the room assisting you? Or a para-educator? Does the child have difficulties with communication and would profit from augmentative communication tools?

Sometimes when a child is having the behaviors you described it can be a signal for being overwhelmed or difficulty with transitions.

Please consult with the school special educators, including the School Psychologist, to help assist you, determine reasons for the behaviors and possible interventions or support.

Best wishes!

Louise Sattler, Psychologist
Owner of SIGNING FAMILIES

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EdEd
EdEd writes:
My first thought would be to identify if the child has an IEP, and - if so - who the person is at school who is in charge of monitoring/managing the IEP, such as the special education teacher. That person would likely have information about instructional and behavioral interventions/modifications to use with this particular child. If not, it may be helpful to pursue a meeting to discuss changes to the child's IEP to include strategies to help the child be successful in your environment.

Another strategy is to talk with the child's parents and ask what strategies they've found to be successful.
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sorba writes:
I agree with the previous answer, you need to locate the student's IEP and talk with his case load manager. If there is not IEP gather all the data you have on the student including information on the students behavior and try to do a referral for Special Education (this process is different in many places and may require RTI). Using positive behavior supports may be helpful, and having a peer buddy who helps him join in things may be beneficial as well. Also he may just be frustrated because the work you are requiring of him is too difficult, so look into making some accommodations that will help make him a successful student in your classroom. Good luck. You have been given a great opportunity to work with this student.
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