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Posted on November 9, 2018 8:42 pm
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aBezuz
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Distracting Laughter
I am currently interning in a high school ESE class and there is a student in my class that starts laughing hysterically in the middle of lessons. My CT usually sends them outside (we have courtyard outside the classroom) to calm down. It rarely works though and the student still ends up laughing hysterically. It is very distracting when I am teaching and to the other students. Any ideas on how to control them?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted February 19, 2019 12:01 pm

Simone Haddad
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The first thing you need to do is determine if this behavior is resulting from something related to their own exceptionalities. If that is the case, then the way that you proceed, is going to depend on how you should proceed, based on their specific needs laid out in their IEP. Once that is complete, if it is not outlined in their IEP, you could try to talk to the student prior to class, to determine what might be triggering them to behave this way in the middle of the lessons. Creating that connection with the student, might curb the behavior but also give you insight, as to this specific student's needs while in your class. There are so many reasons why the student may be laughing but I think asking them is a good place to start, then you can create a plan based on that information.
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Kathy Allen
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I think that this is the best solution for a situation like this. It is important to consider whether or not the laughter is related to a disability that a student has and if there are steps outlined in the IEP for working with it.
  Posted on: February 19, 2019 11:42 pm

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Solution 2
Posted February 18, 2019 3:41 pm

yGedeb
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Is there any indication as to what is triggering the laughter? If not, perhaps pull the student aside to ask what he/she is laughing about. A fidget to play with when the student feels he/she is about to laugh could be a helpful distraction. If this doesn't work, a parent-teacher conference could be needed.
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ePuzej
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I think this is the best solution. I think figuring out what is triggering the laughter is best.
  Posted on: February 19, 2019 3:13 pm

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Solution 3
Posted February 18, 2019 8:37 pm

rySuRy
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I would sit with the student to find out why the student is laughing and contact the parents. The student might also be laughing because they may not understand the material and this is a way to feel like they are in control.
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Solution 4
Posted February 18, 2019 5:55 pm

aduNaQ
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oh wow, this is a tough one. It's really important to find out why they are laughing in hopes to fix that. I would pull the student out of class, after class, and get to the bottom of it and brainstorm some consequences if they don't stop. Sending the student out of the room might be more of an incentive and that could be why they keep laughing.
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rySuRy
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I agree that the student might be laughing now because they know they get out of class. I would sit with the student to find out why the student is laughing and contact the parents.
  Posted on: February 18, 2019 8:35 pm

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Solution 5
Posted February 20, 2019 12:28 am

hymagy
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I would try to find out if this behavior is a fidget for the student. If it is you can try to retrain this fidget to something else that is less distracting to the class.
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Posted February 24, 2019 2:26 pm

tuSuXy
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The best solution is to figure out what is bothering the student and then work from there.
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Solution 7
Posted February 25, 2019 4:29 am

ReLeve
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One thing I like to do with my special needs kids is use reminders. If the student laughs out in class I will remind them of my expectations once. "Jimmy (or whatever the name may be), remember we use inside voices in class." If the problem persists, ask the student if they are making a good choice or a poor choice. If they can self-reflect, and even most of my severe autistic kids can, they will try to re-evaluate and readjust themselves.
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Solution 8
Posted February 23, 2019 5:09 pm

XuNaWa
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If the behavior is related to an emotional/behavioral disability, then check with the behavioral specialist the student works with.
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Solution 9
Posted February 20, 2019 12:37 am

Faith Graham
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Prior to the lesson I think it would be a good idea to pull the student aside and find out why they laugh during your lessons. Explain to them that you're in college to be a teacher and its really important to you as a future teacher to create lessons that are intriguing and informative and if there is something that you are doing thats distracting them and making them laugh so that you can try to prevent the behavior from happening. Hopefully the student will have empathy.
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XuNaWa
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Respectfully, I disagree. I think that it would be better to remind the student that they are in a classroom environment. Also, it is imperative to remember this is an ESE classroom; therefore, you should consult the student's IEP to ensure the proper course.
  Posted on: February 23, 2019 5:13 pm

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