Another backup for doglover. I have a daughter diagnosed with Aspergers. Prefaced by the statement that Kids behaviour MUST be moved effectively to be the best that they are capable of for them and others. That is in their interests and we let them down if we fail to take on that challenge. But it must be done in a compassionate, effective, realistic and humane way. Tallek, your move on the sharpener worked out ok (maybe) but it was very arrogant of you to ignore a diagnosis so blithely. If you had tried that with my daughter having been warned not to you would have been faced with a desperately stressed child screaming abuse at you. You would have been traumatised (yes, you would) and she would have been exhausted for the rest of the day. You were playing a dangerous game, and one day it will bite you on the ****. Aperger kids aversions are very real and forcing them to 'face' them can be incredibly stressful. Sure a firm teacher CAN get the behaviour they want but the analogy I often use is that we can all stand on one leg. For a time. But try doing it all day long. Asperger kids know that at times they have to make a special effort to 'stand on one leg' our job is partly to teach them to judge when that is. That is not what you did. I am not saying this kid was not pulling a fast one, kids with aspergers have al the usual kid foibles aswell; but you discovered that via a risky experiment, ignoring the advice of colleagues. A bit arrogant IMO. Ignorant/Arrogant teachers will often force a child with special needs to behave correctly then when the child does so they lean back with a smug grin and say "See he can do it for me, it just takes a little discipline" as if all their colleagues are naive fools. Yes, he can, and I could make a Y11 stand on one leg for a whole lesson, but I pity the poor sod who gets him next lesson. You could enforce compliance on the next aspergers kid you get that finds something difficult, say using a laser mouse rather than a ball mouse. But maybe just maybe when they get home the kid is so upset that the parents lives are made a misery, because you would not fetch the child a ball mouse, because you insisted on control. That sort of thing happens. Its NOT a choice by the child, their anxiety can be as concrete a limit on their abilities as blindness. You can see the wheelchair, the white stick and the hearing aid, you cannot see psychological/neurological issues. They are no less real You should approach these situations with a little more humility in future. Even if you got lucky this time.