Elizabeth Fenimore



Warner Robins, GA

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Trying to help a special needs student in the regualr ed classroom...

I am in an interesting situation.  I teach a half day kindergarten class in a small Church program and have nine students in my class.  Of those nine, two are special needs.  The child I am concerned about has the primary diagnoses of ADHD w/ impulse control and PDD/NOS.  She has recently started a once a week OT program.  Her primary behaviors in class are coming from her ADHD.  She has the typical ADHD/hyperactive issues, but also has the desire to be the center of attention and is constantly talking over her classmates and adults.  When working in a group she strives to have control over the group.  When working independently´╗┐, she will disrupt the class to tell them how to complete the assignement and then to show and explain her work. (She is on grade level in both ELA and Math.)

Having given this background, I manage the majority of the typical ADHD behaviors, however I struggle with the self centered behaviors.  I am not sure how to deal with them while supporting her self esteem (her feelings are hurt very easily). I am not trained in special education and don't have access to a special ed department.  I have run out of ideas to help her.


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07 Apr 13, 02:49 PM

I actually referenced Armstong's article from the October 2012 Educational Leadership in a research paper I wrote regarding helping this student.  I am eager to purchase his book!  He has a lot of great ideas that will help me.  I have devleoped a new plan of action as a result of my recent research and hope to finish out the year on a positive note! 


As far as classroom management, that has not been an issue for me in the past.  I started out the year using the clip system, allowing them to move up and down the chart.  This actually created more anxiety for the student.  Now, she earns checks for positive behaviors during a given activity.  She is rewarded with opportunities such as to choosing where she starts at center time or earning some extra computer time.  She will still "brag" to the other students about earning her rewards, but the other students take it in stride. 


Any advice on how to help her with this egocentric quality is appreciated.


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04 Apr 13, 08:54 AM

Hi Elizabeth,

I might suggest you try to connect with Thomas Armstrong. He just wrote a book for ASCD called Neurodivesity in the Classroom.  (And he's also the author of Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, as well.)


His ASCD EDge profile is here: http://edge.ascd.org/service/displayKickPlace.kickAction?u=19728646&as=127586&b=´╗┐


He blogs with us quite a bit.






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