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Posted on February 21, 2015 2:23 am
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eLutuP
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Hands in Pants
Andrew has a problem with his hands during classwork and independent work. He puts his hand into his pants while doing his work. I try to pull him aside and tell him that big kids don't put their hand in their pants. He says he understands but it seems as though it is a habit that he can not break. It might be supplemented by the parents or that they don't care if he does it or not. I plan on addressing the parents with the issue but what can I do if they become uncooperative.
 
     
     
 
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Posted February 21, 2015 2:33 am

aPuhyj
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Two things are important here. First, what are the antecedents to this specific behavior? It is important to find out if there is something that triggers this behavior. Second, it is important to make sure he is occupied at all times, especially while breaking this habit. Perhaps you can give him something to hold during class, as a distraction.
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uJabaz
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Excellent suggestion!
  Posted on: February 26, 2015 8:48 pm

Candice Greene
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These are great suggestions, I would use them in my class during a situation like this.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 9:03 pm

Xezuda
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“If I were in this situation, I would exactly do this”.
  Posted on: October 13, 2018 3:55 am

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Solution 2
Posted February 22, 2015 10:35 pm

TeQaqe
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I would actually make a log of when the behaviors occur. Write them down so you can attempt to find a pattern in the behavior and discover the cause of it. In the meantime, try to keep the downtime to a minimum. Have something for him to do, even during transitions! Consider having him be your teacher helper, for example, and passing out worksheets for you, helping you set up problems on the board, etc.
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Candice Greene
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This is a good suggestion, it is important to find the cause of the behavior.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 9:03 pm

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Solution 3
Posted February 24, 2015 2:40 am

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Unfortunately, parental cooperation is so crucial with things like this. If they allow it in the home, chances he will stop doing it in school are slim to none. Maybe a guidance counselor would be able to help with this issue? They may be able to have a talk with him. You can only help so much without the parent's cooperation since you cannot control what is going on outside of school. If it is being supplemented by him parents in a negative way, authoritative action may need to take place to stop this.
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uJabaz
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Excellent suggestion!
  Posted on: February 26, 2015 8:49 pm

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Solution 4
Posted February 22, 2015 2:36 am

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I feel that a lot of these physical behaviors can tend to happen when a child is either: distracted, concentrating, or not thinking. Giving the child an alternative behavior while they are doing these things (e.x. a stress ball) would probably be the most helpful. However, this is only me assuming things, and it is important to know exactly what may be causing this behavior. Try to notice what he is doing whenever the behavior occurs. Is he focusing? Distracted? This can help you know when you will need to redirect him.
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uJabaz
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Excellent suggestion!
  Posted on: February 26, 2015 8:49 pm

Candice Greene
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It is a good idea to give the student a stress ball!
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 9:04 pm

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Solution 5
Posted March 6, 2015 3:50 pm

ymuZuG
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I think that the first thing you should do in this situation is have a conference with the parents. If he is exhibiting this behavior at home and they are not addressing it then it will probably not change at school. While Andrew is working give his a fidget to keep his hands busy and out of his pants. It might also be a good idea to get a counselor involved to talk to him about what is an isn't appropriate behavior in class.
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Solution 6
Posted February 26, 2015 5:34 pm

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Pay attention to what is triggering this behavior. Is it a bathroom issue? a nervous thing? After the parent conference start making notes as to when it happens. I would also maybe try giving him something that is quiet for him to hold in his hand.
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Solution 7
Posted October 5, 2015 12:24 am

puLaGu
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I think it is important to talk with the parents and try to find out the root of the cause. I believe putting Velcro or allowing the student to hold something would decrease him putting his hand in his pants. I think it is important to keep the student occupied at all times.
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Solution 8
Posted October 15, 2015 12:43 am

Thomas Smallwood
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Maybe replace this behavior with a stress ball or a tennis ball.
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Solution 9
Posted March 10, 2015 6:31 pm

Robyn Jones
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If I were the teacher in this situation, I would try to find out what behavior or cause is making the student commit such an act, or I would write a counselor referral to see if she could get to the problem of the situation.
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