Hi there. I've recently started teaching a year 1 class after being trained as a high school teacher and working in primary as a supply (big jump I know but I'm loving it). There are a few minor to moderate behaviour issues in the class but one of them is proving harder to resolve than the others. This child is accused by his peers on a daily basis of hitting them. They are seldom seriously hurt or in tears but it has got to the point of being a constant nuisance to deal with. I've not actually seen him hit anyone but other teachers have, and I have seen him do other things like pull someone's hair and aggressively snatch pencils and toys from other children. He flat out denies this upon questioning and then vehemently denies it, usually bursting into tears at any follow up questions. He is generally a clumsy child and I quite often catch him swinging his limbs about mindlessly. My opinion is that he doesn't know he is hitting others but rather they get hit as a consequence of this child unknowingly rushing past them with flailing arms. Are there any medical or behavioural conditions whereby a child will not know whether he has hit another pupil? One thought was that it was his short term memory but he functions very well with his class work. I'm far from an expert in this field so any insight would be greatly appreciated!