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JOYO asks:
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WHAT CAN A TEACHER DO WITH A BOY WITH ASPERGER'S WHO IS CONSTANTLY DOING THINGS TO GET THE TEACHERS, ADULTS OR CHILDREN'S ATTENTION DURING CLASS?

3RD GRADER, ASPERGERS, NOISES, SINGS, PLAYS, DOESN'T WORK, OUT OF CHAIR, HURTING OTHER STUDENTS,ETC. IN MILD SPECIAL DAY CLASS FOR HIS BEHAVIOR, PARENTS AND TEACHER AND AIDES IN CLASS TRIED EVERYTHING(CONSEQUENCES, REWARDS, HE WANTS TEACHERS FULL ATTENTION ALL THE TIME OR MY FULL ATTENTION ALL THE TIME.
ANY SUGGESTIONS?
In Topics: Special needs, Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
> 60 days ago

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lkauffman
Nov 29, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Dear Joyo,

Your son is lucky to have such a care, concerned, and engaged mother advocating on his behalf.

I imagine that your son's teacher and school support staff have tried a number of  strategies to help him in the classroom, but I wonder if they have conducted a thorough Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA). FBA typically involves a thorough analysis of the problem behavior and all of the situational factors that are occurring immediately before and after the problem behavior. In this way, the teacher is able to establish factors that trigger the behavior, as well as factors that reinforce the behavior.

FBA can be a time consuming process, so it is not guaranteed that it has already been implemented. If your son's school has not conducted a FBA, I suggest that you make an appointment to speak with your son's teacher or special education coordinator to discuss this option. I have included three links below on FBA to help get you acquainted with the process.

I have also included a link to the book, Understanding How Asperger Children and Adolescents Think and Learn, by Paula Jacobsen. Paula is a therapist who specializes in working with children who are affected by Asperger Syndrome in California. She understands behavior problems in this population well, and she has written two clear books on the topic that offer another take on treatment for Asperger Syndrome (less behavioral reinforcement, more listening).

Finally, if you feel like you have exhausted all resources in the classroom, you might consider pursuing a one-to-one aide for your son. An aide would likely help your son stay focused and on track.

Good luck!

Warm regards,

Laura Kauffman, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
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sirenssong
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There are special behavior modification classes offered to Aspergers kids, just as there are special classes for learning disabilities.  Call an ARD meeting with your school, and ask for him to be assessed formally.  They  will formulate a plan to address the behavior issues.
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