I have a 5yr old son who just started Kindergarten. He throws tantrums in the class which consist of hiding under the tables, kicking and crying and even hitting his head on the table and even sometimes he hits himself. He rarely does this at home. I have tried everything and I don't know what to. He is the only one in the class that acts this way. The principal is trying to come up with something because academically he is the top of his class...What should I do..?
From: Chell, Bakersfield, CA
These are not typical behaviors, and they are not the way a typical child expresses frustration so I hope one of the principal's suggestions is an evaluation. Just because he does well academically doesn't mean there couldn't be some other kind of problem. One of the tip-offs here, Chell, is that you say he "rarely" does this at home. In other words, this isn't happening for the first time, out of the blue, in the classroom. Don't delay getting help with this. Early intervention can make a difference.
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