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Posted on October 18, 2015 10:31 pm
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PaDemu
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Personal Space Boundaries
Students are not allowed to hug, or touch each other during the course of the school day. This students is very
touchy. He does not have clear boundaries of personal space and can be inappropriately affectionate causing multiple redirections throughout the school day. He has a history of this, and while nothing inappropriate has happened I fear issues are escalating. What steps should be taken or what strategies should be practiced?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 18, 2015 10:42 pm

aQahan
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I would re-direct the student as necessary and would notify the counselor about the behaviors of the student and the concerns which you are having. These issues should be addressed as to avoid further complications.
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PeQyGa
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If I were in this situation I would do exactly this
  Posted on: October 12, 2016 12:44 pm

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Solution 2
Posted October 18, 2015 11:33 pm

Sophy Shabana
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One approach that has been very effective with regards to personal boundaries with my high functioning autistic student is social stories. These have also been effective with the general education population. Sometimes a visual might be more effective than a verbal reminder. There is a social stories app that could be downloaded that helps students create their own social stories. This student can create one with regard to personal space. He could also be positively rewarded whenever he follows these rules.
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Solution 3
Posted October 18, 2015 11:32 pm

VyReJe
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If it is during the class or instruction, you could try making a tape boundary on the table. I have tried this for students who can't keep their personal belongings in their personal area. This may help as a visual reminder.
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Solution 4
Posted February 29, 2016 2:29 am

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I would continue to re-direct the student. Also, I would talk to the school guidance counselor and parents if necessary.
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Solution 5
Posted October 18, 2015 11:56 pm

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Along with discussing the issue with the councilor, and possibly your admin team, to find different solutions, you could also talk directly with the student about how it makes you, and the other students, feel when he is constantly touching, how it would make him feel if someone were to do the same to him, and most importantly, about the importance of consent. This is a newspaper article posted by The Washington Post about the importance of teaching our children/students about consent at a very young age (http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2015/02/13/its-never-too-early-to-teach-children-about-consent-and-boundaries/).

The student might not be receiving these lessons at home, and could actually be receiving the opposite message (that consent doesn't matter), and if he understands that he needs to listen to others wishes and understand their boundaries before attempting any types of touching, or at least ask for permission before he does.
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Solution 6
Posted October 18, 2015 10:44 pm

Shelby Milton
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I would suggest either a male teacher or a counselor talk with him just to remind him that students are not allowed to touch one another and some students might not like him touching them. Tell the student you do not want things to escalate, especially into a situation that leads to a fight.
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Solution 7
Posted February 22, 2016 2:58 pm

zyWute
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I would teach a mini lesson on personal space. After this lesson I would pull him aside and tell him the consequence if he continues his inappropriate behavior. Involve a administrator or behavior assistant.
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Solution 8
Posted October 19, 2015 2:48 am

MePyJy
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I mysleft very rarley liked getting touched by others so I could easily talk to that studnet and tell him that not everyone likes being touched and that just becuase you can does not mean you should. I would also like to get his definetion of personal space. If he had clear idea of personal space and that everyone has thier own it might work out for him in to stop be so touchy. I would also like to talk to the parents about what i told him about to make sure they know the problem and that we want help in stopping it before something bad happens.
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Solution 9
Posted February 24, 2016 7:19 pm

anuhag
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This is something that should be addressed right away. Teaching the student a cue such as the words personal space is something that you could try. So when someone does not want to be touched or does not want someone in their space they just say personal space. He should learn this and eventually become respectful about touching others or being in others space.
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Solution 10
Posted October 9, 2016 7:46 pm

Tana Bill
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Create a goal with the student to change this behavior
Give visual or verbal cues when he is displaying this behavior so he knows it's not what he should be doing.
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Solution 11
Posted February 21, 2017 6:39 pm

ytupyQ
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The best thing that you can do is to continue to redirect the student. This could be a problem with a deeper root such as problems at home or a disability. I would notify the parents again, counselors and school psychologist.
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Solution 12
Posted February 23, 2016 3:43 am

apazeR
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Start a personal space board. Student must go the entire week without any check marks. If they make it through the week, they get a reward!
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I wouldn't do this, only because you are rewarding them for something that is a rule and they already have to do.
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Solution 13
Posted February 26, 2016 5:56 am

eQyVuj
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Pulling the student aside and discuss he inappropriate behavior is something that should happen first.
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Solution 14
Posted February 29, 2016 2:31 am

uJasuX
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Create a narrative story with him as the main character in which the character learns a lesson about why personal space is important. After this, you can create the situation and have the child act it out to better understand.
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Solution 15
Posted March 2, 2016 3:48 pm

uhyJas
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I would re-direct the student and explain to them that touching another student is not allowed, and if they keep doing it I'm going to have to get the principal, and their parents involved.
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Solution 16
Posted March 2, 2016 3:48 pm

uhyJas
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I would re-direct the student and explain to them that touching another student is not allowed, and if they keep doing it I'm going to have to get the principal, and their parents involved.
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Solution 17
Posted October 8, 2016 3:59 am

yHaReH
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I would have a classroom discussion on why we don't touch other people during class and how we can avoid doing it whether if it be by accident or on purpose. Encourage the student when he is keeping his hands to himself and redirect him when necessary.
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Solution 18
Posted October 9, 2016 11:13 pm

yjeNus
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I would continue to redirect the student throughout the day. You could use non-verbal or verbal cues for this redirection. A review of the classroom rules would also be beneficial and if your classroom rules do not contain "keeps hands to yourself", or something similar, then you may need to add it to your rules.
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Solution 19
Posted October 15, 2016 12:59 am

aDaWaV
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I think sitting down with the student and talking to him about it will help. If it does not get any better, result to a parent/teacher meeting and talk to the parents about his behavior and how it can make other students feel.
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