I received a note from Nathan's teacher that he's been hitting other students at recess and throwing sand at them. This is completely unacceptable behavior but it leaves me with a quandary.
He's not generally aggressive at home. We have incidents but they're infrequent, making it hard to build up a pattern of success in changing his behavior.
So how can I help teach him it's not okay to be aggressive at school when I don't see the behavior at home? The usual tool is a social story, which I will certainly do. But, to be entirely honest, I've never seen a social story have an impact on my children's behavior. It's modeling, redirection and practice. Those are our effective tools.
Maybe I just need to come up with some roleplaying examples, like a child taking a toy or someone yelling. And then practice more socially acceptable techniques for dealing with it. But if I've missed on guessing the trigger, this won't be very helpful.
I wish I had a good answer. Maybe I can get the school to collect data to help me.
Either way, I have to figure out a way to teach him or else he's going to find himself labeled as a troublemaker.