I'm worried about the upcoming school year and hoping to find some ideas for how to help my 5th grader control himself in the classroom (and at other times...)
Last year, his teacher reported that he had stopped using the seat cushion that helped him stay more calm and focused, and he started having tons of issues with verbally disrupting the class. Sometimes it was talking out if turn and shouting answers to questions, but she was even more concerned that he was making funny noises at inappropriate times. It was distracting to the students trying to work near him, and very unsettling when he would burst into odd sounds as each student passed him coming through doorways as he was holding the door open. By the end of the year, no one wanted to sit at his table.
He sometimes says he's "weird" and likes it, but we tell him that doesn't make it okay to be silly during class.
He loves to play board games, but cannot stop making noises, singing loudly, humming, babbling, etc. while he waits his turn. When he's asked to stop whatever annoying behavior he's doing, he does it one more time. Every. Time. It's going to get him in trouble at school, but I have never been able to help him stop that impulse.
On top of all this, his interest in school has lessened. He's very smart and loves to learn, but hates the repetitive worksheets.
Any ideas to help him focus on his work and stay out of trouble in the classroom?