Wednesday, June 3, 2009

He Loves To Spin

James, my Aspie student, does really well when the schedule works like usual and the lessons keep moving. When he is fully engaged in a project he does just fine. When there is a lull in the action James copes by spinning. He will stand up and spin around and around in one place until his attention is needed for another task. He knows that the English teacher has a tall spinning bar stool in her class and that he will get in trouble when she comes in and catches him because it drives her nuts. She doesn't like anyone touching her stuff. I know he needs to spin as it seems to calm him down so I try to time it just right to warn him to take his seat before she walks in to start class. It is unlikely that he will hurt the spinning bar stool and he needs to spin, it helps him settle before class begins. That can only help, right? There are several spinning chairs in my office. They also have rollers on them so we asked the building engineer to come down and remove the rollers because James gets going so fast he spins out of control. It doesn't bother him but it does bother some of the other students who claim they get dizzy when he spins next to them. Also, since James is 6'5" his legs invariably crash and make a loud "knocking"noise, slowing him down for a very brief pause, into the other furniture while he goes round and round. Now that the rollers are off of James' spinning chair, it is nearly impossible to lift the heavy chair to another area, away from the dizzy students.

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