Behaviour at school

by denise
(St. Catharines, Ontario)

Our son is 7, since he started junior kindergarten he has had issues at school. Over reacting, crying, fidgeting, hitting other children, easily frustrated. Hyper sensative to sound, smell, he is a picky eater, has a history of tactile defensiveness (tags, sock seams, sleeves bunching when putting coat on). This year in grade 2 the behaviours have gotten worse, swearing, still hitting kids, meltdowns that last approx 50 min (hitting staff, kicking walls, knocking chairs over) These meltdowns only occur at school.

At home he is quiet, reasonable, calm, will get agitated with smells(refuses to open the garbage) clothes bother him and he will rip them off like they are on fire but nothing like the behaviours at school. They have been doing sensory breaks throughout the day which did seem to help. However, now he is loosing control again 2-3 times a week I go to the school to get him due to his loss of control. He participates well in Karate and did skating without any problems. He seems to struggle more if we are not present. Would our presence have any impact on his arousal level?

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Jun 22, 2012
behaviour at school
by: scotland uk

Have you ever asked him why does this only happen at school. Could it be the lights, the sound of the lights, the colours on the class rm walls, the noise of the children, the noise outside. He has to filter all that out and also listen to the teacher. When someone explained all this to me. I GOT IT. I asked to speak with teacher, got his seat moved away from doors, lights off whenever poss, one instruction ata time. Three cards in colour code, red orange and green, just like traffic lights. Red means need time out. 5min does it in a quiet corner.Green everythn is ok. Orange getting too much sensory input. How simple and what a difference this has made. I also sujjested a passport for my son. wHEN SOMEONE NEW COMES INTO CLASS, he can show them it letting them know what difficulties they have. You can make this with him. Costs nothing to do these simple things but greatly helps. I asked when linning up in play ground could he be at back and the excuse for this was to keep the line straight, also to save anyone touching him when he didnt know it was comming.

I hope this helps, obviously each child is different and you would do what suits you best.
Good luck and remember you know him best. Good luck.

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