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Parent complaints about SEN behaviour

Discussion in 'Behaviour' started by Weasel1812, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. Consistency, 3 simple instructions at any time, keep changes to the barest minimum and the child needs activities that last between 5-10 mins at a time same as in the playground the child needs to be monitored (which is not always easy on staffing or time wise). some kind of reward system like marbles in a jar- each time the child does well a marble goes in the jar and as a reward the child may get the choice of an activity or book to read- usually in these cases the child is bright but frustrated doesnot like change and doesnot understand boundaries as due to stress at the childs behaviour and exhaustion of trying the child wears the parents or the staff down.
    When they have done something wrong -time out- using an egg timer - something they can see and a simple explanation of why they are there and at the end making them appologise.
    Everything has to be consistent that is the key because the changes make them worse=instructions should be as simple as - sit in the chair - open the book/ or start the activity-use ..... then when the activity is done PRAISE
    It is hard work but the consistency pays off - I have an ADHD nephew and I work in this area so I know it works - to begin with its very tough until you establish the rules.
    Sometimes having a target card for them is good because they can see the teargets for the lesson or the day but they must be short simple and effective- it can take alot of planning.
    Goodluck hope it helps
  2. sorry targets
    oh and trying to get parents to follow the strategies in place at school
    again goodluck

  3. clear_air

    clear_air New commenter

    I'm sorry, but I really am not sure how on earth you get other people to care about a child who is hurting their own. Other than getting this little boy to 'behave himself' absolutely as fast as you can. I suppose the other people you can get on side are the children themselves. Then they might not be so worried? How old are they?
    While I understand where you are coming from, and good for you for doing your absolute best for this little boy, no-one wants their children to be duffed up - especially at school - no matter how, on the face of it, we might all want the best for every child.
  4. We live in a selfish world, you will never please everybody.
  5. I hear of this situation so many times in schools now, and it is getting worse. Are you saying that because a child has ADHD, then they have no comprehension that hitting/swearing is wrong, and should be tolerated? I teach kids with all the spectrum of 'problems' and if they are doing something they like then they are no problem at all, it's only when they are dong something they don't enjoy that they kick off. The next time I am told to re-write Schemes of Work should I go and batter the HT? No, of course not, I get on like everyone else does. As the years have gone by kids have been allowed to get away with far too much, usually with parental support and weak SLT's, hopefully some of these new rules brought in today will balance things in our favour.
  6. No. I think I made my view pretty clear. Special schools have the facilities and staff to deal with special children in a way that mainstream schools and teachers are unable to. Here we have a case where a child with special needs appears to be unable adapt to being taught alongside other pupils at a mainstream school - or not at a pace which suggests their special needs are being met. It is not about taking child with SEN out of mainstream education and dumping them in a SEN school where they and the other SEN kids can attack each other, as your post seems to suggest I believe. It is about teaching a child in a school where the staff training and provisions are such that the child's needs can be better met. A mainstream teacher might well have had some SEN training, but they are not an SEN expert, and it is not reasonable to expect certain types of SENs to be effectively dealt with by a non-specialist teacher.

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