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Pre-K Behavior Issues

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    Brandi Jordan
    Teaching since: 1996
    Pennsylvania
  • October 1, 2016 at 6:23 am

    One of our Facebook friends needs help!

    I have a student in my pre-k class who is super hyper active, hitting and pushing the other kids and destroying things in my classroom! I’ve tried fidgets, sand, play doh, but nothing works!!! I’m only three weeks in and going crazy!! Help!

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    Kindergarten
    Teaching since: 2000
    Washington
  • October 4, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    This student may have some sort of sensory issues. Have you tried a weighted blanket or weighted stuffed animal to see if that might help him stay calmer. Or maybe a special cushion to sit on to give him more wiggle opportunity when he sits. Do you have assistants in the room who might be able to help by reinforcing his “good” moments, and help him learn to understand the classroom expectations, and to help him comply? Could someone take him for a walk once or twice a day, to help him decompress and talk to him about how to make friends by keeping his hands to himself? Play doh sounds good, and maybe playing at a water table if you have one. If he has any trouble communicating or listening, picture cues might help. Good luck!

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