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Posted on November 28, 2020 7:46 pm
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Marie_21
Marie_21
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Struggling with Impulsivity
One of my students struggles with impulse control. She speaks her mind without a filter, she has trouble with physical control and her voice level. At times, when she loses control she ends up hurting a friend's feelings or accidently hits them. When I talk to her about what happened she doesn't have any reasons for why it happened and she cries if her friend is mad at her. She attempts control for a little while after, but then resorts to her old ways. Any ideas on how to help her?
 
     
     
 
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Posted December 4, 2020 5:20 pm

Kristen Duffy
Kristen Duffy
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Can you define what you mean by accidentally hitting someone? I am struggling to imagine a situation in which hitting someone would be accidental. Are there certain scenarios in which she is more likely to lose control? I would recommend tracking these occurrences to try to find out what is triggering this type of impulse control and see if you can provide alternative behaviors that would be more suited to the classroom environment.

Additionally, you say that she attempts control for a little while, but then resorts to her old ways. Are these attempts being reinforced. I would look for ways to reinforce any instances of positive impulse control as much as possible, until she is regularly engaging in self-management of her own behavior.
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Stephanie A
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I completely agree, that more often than not students do not hit "accidentally". Tracking the occurrences of the unwanted behavior is a valuable strategy to further evaluate the student's tendencies.
  Posted on: December 7, 2020 10:53 pm

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Solution 2
Posted November 28, 2020 8:44 pm

Keri C
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How well do you know the child outside of the classroom? Have you spoken to her family? There may be something underlying the behavior that needs to be addressed. She needs to understand that hitting is wrong and won't be tolerated. Is she able to understand why her friend is mad at her? Maybe if she could see how she feels when her friend is mad and relate it to how she made the friend feel, she could understand.
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Solution 3
Posted December 7, 2020 10:49 pm

Stephanie A
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I have several questions but my main one would be, does this student have any diagnosis that may lead to their impulsivity? ADHD? ADD? This could be something that they may not be able to control or the result of fidgeting possibly? I have seen where consistent positive reinforcement throughout the day works better than waiting longer periods of time.
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Solution 4
Posted December 8, 2020 2:27 pm

Lindsey Hauser
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I think that more information about the student would be required in order to fully help her. I would consider involving the school psychologist, if your school has one, and look at a possible diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, as others have said. It sounds like there are underlying issues here. But I also agree that positive reinforcement would be beneficial here, as well as self-monitoring.
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