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Eleanor - posted on 10/09/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My eight year old is in an integrated grade 3 class with a full time EA - he was told he was the class clown, ans it is concerning his teachers as he acts out now in ways that make the class laugh - it's an excuse tolet his autistic behaviours ryn rampant - he shouts out"This place is crazy!" and acs silly, when the class is working quietly...pretty harmless, but disruptive....any ideas on how to curb this? On a more harmful side, which affects his social development - he is fixated on winning, whether it is getting to the door first when recess is over, to yelling and screaming when his team doesn't win at gym, or doing the same when a project he is working on as a member of a team doesn't wuite work out....his antics bother other kids and they are less tolerant of his behaviours now that he is growing up, and they are as well...his emotional deveopment is about age 5, intellectual about grade 2, and physical is age level...what can I do?

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Eleanor - posted on 10/09/2009

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Swimming is Adam's sport - individual progrss id very focussed on, and he's a water baby - he talks about being a lifeguard and helping people! Adam's teacher puts him in goal so he's stopping balls when it's a team activity such as soccer - so he doesn't have to worry about scoring...

Anneka - posted on 10/09/2009

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well, socially my son is the same way. He's 10 and in 5th grade. He has the same type of social problems and a very hard time making friends. Unfortunately, this is just kind of an Autism thing, and other than ABA, I don't really think there's too much that can be done. If the behavior in class could be ignored, it might help, but kids are always gonna laugh if it's funny to them. As far as the winning thing, we have that problem too. Unfortunately, I don't have any advice for that, but would love to have it also if you DO get some. We can't do team sports or anything like that. I was told Karate might be an option for kids on the spectrum, due to them being able to go at their own speed and also helps with structure. I'm not really sure if any of this is helpful to you, but I hope you at least take comfort in knowing that you're not alone in it, we go through the same thing. Good luck to you!!

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