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Andrew attends a special school in a class with 5 other boys who also have behavioral issues. It is a very difficult environment in which to learn, and unfortunately, it adds to his dislike of school.

He has what is called a behavioral intervention plan, which awards up to 25 points per day depending on his behavior. Last year, it was cause for major celebration on the few occasions that he managed to hit a score in the 20s. Of course, when that happened, we made sure to heap all kinds of praise and encouragement on him! Big Grin

When he went back to school in the fall, I had little expectation that there would be any improvement. How wrong that feeling turned out to be! Until he pulled down a still-respectable 19 yesterday, he had rattled off 20+ in every one of his first 9 days of school, including 3 perfect scores!

You can believe that I have made a big deal out of each and every good day at school, and am hoping the constant praise and encouragement will help him to continue this as long as possible. I'm not the only one. I have visited his school twice so far this year, and everyone - his teacher, his aide, the nurse, the principal - kept raving to me about what a great start he has had this year, and they make sure to tell him that as well.

I don't know how long he can keep this up, but I am enjoying the ride so much. Way to go Andrew! Here's a big trophy right in the middle of the mantle for you! Big Grin
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Congratulations, children with issues like that need all the praise.

When I was teaching, science had not advanced so much therefore many children with reading problems, attention span etc were dealt with harshly. Its a shame that many grew up with treatment they did not deserve.
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So happy for Andrew and your family! Way to go!
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It's been a long time since I taught, but I remember how much harder one disruptive child could make a classroom, and how quickly it could pass to other kids.

It sounds like Andrew is doing really incredible, and I hope he realizes that what he's doing right now is one of the most important things he can learn to do.
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(09-22-2013, 05:21 AM)Josephine123456 Wrote: Congratulations, children with issues like that need all the praise.

When I was teaching, science had not advanced so much therefore many children with reading problems, attention span etc were dealt with harshly. Its a shame that many grew up with treatment they did not deserve.

It's a sad fact that many children were punished - regularly and often harshly - for behavioral, emotional, and educational issues that were usually beyond their control. Sad

Advances in diagnosis, medication, and therapy has been very helpful in providing these children with an opportunity to have a better educational experience - even if they don't realize it. I for one am very grateful that this sad remnant of "the good old days" has largely passed. But there is still a very long way to go... Undecided
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Way to go Andrew!

That is awesome news!!!! Congrats to Andrew and Dad as well.

Despite all of the "outside" issues that you and the boys have had to deal with, it is heartwarming to read these kinds of posts.
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Congrats to Andrew! This is news to celebrate. Giving praise is always more important than giving spankings. I am proud of Andrew and I am certain his dad is beaming appropriately.
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With all the upset that your family has had this seems like an extra big win. Be proud dad, he's one great kid!Big Grin
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I think it's time to update this thread, given that over half the school year has passed.

Andrew is still doing extremely well at school in comparison to last year. He has some bad days - most often the result of reacting to another kid treating him badly. He is, after all, in a class with 5 other boys with behavioral problems. But overall, he is much less of an instigator than he had been (he still needs to work on this at home - a lot, but I digress). He is doing all the work that his teachers ask him to do, and his effort and cooperation level with it is also much better.

Regarding his Behavioral Intervention Plan scores each day, he is still consistently in the 20s - usually in the 21 to 23 range. I have established a reward system for him as well in recent weeks. Any given day that he earns a perfect 25, he gets to choose a new Matchbox car from a bag of them that I have at home. It's not easy to get 25, but he did a few days ago! Also, if he goes a whole week with no scores below 22, he can pick out a new car on Friday after school (I do have a similar reward program established for Daniel's school behavior - adjusted for the color coding system that his class uses). Andrew really enjoys having this extra incentive to do well at school. Smile

Way to go, Kiddo! Big Grin
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Way to go both of them Big Grin
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