Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dealing with the ODD kid :)

I am including some tips for dealing with an ODD student.  We have one that is really making us earn our pay checks each day.  We are at a standoff at this time, so I started digging around trying to come up with some tips for all the teachers that work with him.  Here is what I came up with.  If you have any tips please feel free to share them :)  This student is really making us pull some rabbits out of our hats. 
It is difficult for ODD students to comply with task demands. 

·        During classroom activities, provide student with the purpose for the task and to be completed
·        They have difficulty responding to corrective feedback and feedback in which they feel the adult is taking away their control
·        Instead of saying I like the way you followed the direction SAY: way to complete your work
·        Avoid I statements if possible
·        Give nonverbal feedback or even place a sticky note on his desk
·        Give constructive critiscm  in private and have him ask questions for what he doesn’t understand
·        Build in structured choice into his daily schedule
·        Predictable daily schedule that he can reference
·        Built in quiet time breaks within his schedule (no more than 10 minutes).  He can take his work to this location
·        Break students assignment down into smaller increments: worksheets cut in half, fourths, and presented one piece at a time
·        Student should have a signal that shows he is in distress

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