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College Park Patch: Using Behavior Charts in the Classroom

This article was originally published on the College Park Patch as part of the weekly column by Gretchen Schock,Parenting on a Tightrope

My children are well behaved, but I don’t notice it as often as I should.
L had years of public meltdowns; the meltdowns of a child on the Autism Spectrum are nothing like a meltdown of a nuerotypical child. Trust me on this one.
He no longer lies motionless, completely dead weight in the middle of the supermarket aisle. He no longer kicks, arching his back and screaming while trying to put him in the car seat, every single time that we have to go somewhere.
Thankfully we have moved past that phase. He’s no angel, and like anyone he has his moments, but with maturity they have become more reserved. He’s become embarrassed by the public attention that a meltdown attracts.
His teacher last year said she could have written his name in permanent marker on the top on the behavior chart hanging in her classroom, because he was so well behaved. He never moved from the top spot all year.
Enter son No. 2. I knew from the get-go we would have issues with a classroom behavior chart.

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