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    Attention problem
    By Julianne

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    This is very possibly ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder without the Hyperactivity component. You may want to have this child evaluated by your special services team. They can give you a checklist to report the behaviors you see in class. A specialist in attention problems should also look at this student. If ADD can be ruled out you should look into other possible learning difficulties. Is he clinically depressed? Can he hear and see properly? Is he intellectually capable of doing the assigned work? If you eliminate all the problems and still can't figure out what's causing his inability to finish work you'll want to use any motivators you can think of to get him to work faster. Giving plenty of positive reinforcement for work actually completed may speed him along faster than punishments. I think this is one of the most frustrating situations for teachers. You can see a child who really should be able to do the work and for whatever reason they DON'T. Just remember that not every child fits the mold of regular public education. To ease your mind you might try testing him to see if he is learning. You might be surprised. Many quite gifted students have difficulty completing assignments. But they understand the subjects and learn easily. Most do well in one-on-one testing situations.

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