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Can't keep him in the classroom!!!

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by willgant, Oct 29, 2019.

  1. willgant

    willgant New commenter

    I have 10+ years of complex needs schools experience, but this child has stumped me. 10 year old boy with limited speech and severe ASD refuses to go back into the classroom. None of his usual motivators work, symbols, PECS, timers, lego, toys or sorting/matching games. We don't think it's anything to do with the classroom itself as he spent last year in there. He just seems to love the corridor, watching and listening to all that's going on. He is a happy and content boy generally.
    I have some experienced TA's working in that class and they have exhausted rewards charts, now and next boards, even bribery doesn't work (haha).
    Transitions are the real problem, going to the toilet or to the hall for PE is generally when he drops to the floor in the corridor.

    Any thoughts would be gratefully received.


    Mr Scratchinghishead
  2. circuskevin

    circuskevin Established commenter

    Have you taught him to stilt walk?

  3. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    What is he getting by being in the corridor that he doesn't get from being in the classroom? Is it that when he stays in the corridor he gets more attention from adults offering him things? If it is safe to do so, I would be tempted to say next time "we're going in here now X. I hope you can join us soon". Then let them stay in the corridor and ignore them (with someone keeping a discreet eye on them). See how they behave without the extra attention. If they still stay out for a significant time then at least you may see what is encouraging them to stay in the corridor.
  4. circuskevin

    circuskevin Established commenter

    Have you ever taught special needs pupils @Stiltskin ?

  5. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    Yes. Many.

    " Autistic people may appear to behave unusually. There will generally be a reason for this: it can be an attempt to communicate, or a way of coping with a particular situation.

    Knowing what causes challenging behaviour can help you to develop ways of dealing with it." - National Autistic Society
  6. willgant

    willgant New commenter

    thanks for the reply. Yes, we have tried leaving him and he just seems content to stay there watching and listening to things going on around the school. He just says "no" when asked to go to places. It seems that he likes looking at all the angles of things in the corridor and isn't really focussed on the adults around him and when we get his attention he will refuse or shuffle away on the floor.
  7. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    does he like the fact that the walls are closing him in? Can you recreate that affect in the classroom for him maybe with little screens or room dividers on his left and right when he sits at his desk, so that he feels like he has walls close by, but you can still see him clearly?
  8. willgant

    willgant New commenter

    Thanks for the idea, but our corridors are quite light with high ceilings. He has options of different places to be within the classroom, including a screened area, he will sit in the classroom at times he chooses.
  9. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    Do you request or give him a direct instruction to go in the classroom?
  10. barbaramcn

    barbaramcn New commenter

    You say he’s been in the classroom no problem for a year - what different might be going on in his life (particularly home)? Has a specific event happened or is happening. The ‘escapism’ may be a way of him controlling added anxieties. Changes in usual behaviour is often an indicator that ‘something’ has changed from the norm. Of course you’ll know this but the issue might not be about the corridor/attention at all.
    Maybe someone sit/stand outside with him and just ‘be’ without the motive to get him into the classroom. Observe if he gets irritated with this - if not, stay & enter into his world. ‘Walk along side him’. Insisting sounds like it’s causing more anxiety.
    If he’s normally a happy boy there’s something clearly interfering with that. Talk to parents if not already. Sometimes they don’t recognise the impact of some changes - only when explored.
    Hope that’s helpful! Good luck.

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