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Classroom Behavior

Some students with learning disabilities may experience challenges with grasping social cues and responding appropriately; they may also lack social skills or have difficulty sustaining attention.  Some students with psychological disabilities may exhibit behaviors that affect others or your course of instruction.

The following suggestions may be helpful:

  • Discuss appropriate classroom behavior with the student privately, directly and forthrightly, delineating, if necessary, the limits of acceptable conduct.  In your discussions, do not attempt to treat the disorder, only the student’s behavior in the class.
  • If you sense that discussion would not be effective, or if the student approaches you for therapeutic help, refer the student to the ODS or the Counseling Center.
  • If threatening or abusive behaviors occur, refer the student to the Office of the Dean of Students.