What to do with a child who refuses to apply himself in school???
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He is special needs (Aspergers Autism) but very bright. He has trouble with organization and needs some redirection at times. He's in the 8th grade and is totally integrated with peers. We've pulled back on his paraprofessional quite a bit this year because he's capable of doing the work on his own if given a bit of extra time. He's refusing to work, loosing homework, lying to us regarding grades. He got his first detention ever today. We've punished him, taken privledges away, etc. nothing fazes him In general he is quite lazy and we are always after him to clean up after himself etc. I'm making an appointment with the school to discuss this. I'm at a loss how to get through to him that he needs to "get with the program"....any suggestions?
Posted at 4:40pm Oct 27, 2010 EDT
Even though he can do the work on his own, maybe he needs the encouragement of the paraprofessional? Maybe he needs the daily support; a coach of sorts that inspires him to do the work instead of punishing him when he doesn't? Maybe trying to do everything *you* want him to do is just too much for him.
Posted at 4:45pm Oct 27, 2010 EDT
The paraprofessional is in the room with another student and tries to give him some organizational guidence but he will just ignore her. We don't always punish him, mostly when he intentionally lies or does something really bad. I've been doing much more talking than punishing but it's not getting me anywhere.
Posted at 4:49pm Oct 27, 2010 EDT