Hi. I'm sorry, I wasn't clear. I am the daycare provider. This child has been with me since 3 mos. old. The behavior he has been displaying is really a concern of mine. I know children copy, but this has been going on for quite some time. He not only copies their words and gestures, but if a child falls across the room, he will get down from another activity and throw himself on the floor. He's not hurting himself, just that he would stop his current activity to go and copy another child concerns me. For the most part, he is copying children 2 years old or younger. I have always believed he was incredibly smart, and he does go to another school 2 days a week since September, but they say he does not continue this behavior there. Talking to the parents, and another childhood specialist, they believe it can just be boredom with the younger kids. I am closing in 2 weeks, I just wanted to check to make sure there is something serious we are missing. Anymore input you could give would be seriously appreciated. I sometimes feel that he really can't control himself with this behavior and then, when he is presented with a "reward" for stopping the behavior he can stop it.
Thanks. Just want to mention another issue with this behavior. When he does not respond to listening regarding stopping the behavior and disrupting the children, he has a timeout, which of course he does not like. He is then taken to another room to calm down, but when he is put in the room, (bedroom) he kicks the door and screams bloody murder, and has a complete meltdown tantrum. I usually, let him stay in the room until he has stopped such behavior, but he just continues to misbehavior, interrupt, and basically try to run around and do what he pleases with listening, regardless of the consequences. His parents say he acts the same way at home. Is this just a differences of his consequences at home and his consequences here that he doesn't respond.
HI KATE. DON'T MEAN TO BELABOR THIS. IT'S JUST FIRST OF ALL, I LOVE THE KID. HE USED TO BE SUCH A SWEATHEART. I KNOW I AM CLOSING, BUT IT JUST KEEPS BOTHERING ME THAT SOMETHING MAY BE WRONG. I'VE BEEN DOING DAYCARE FOR 24 YEARS, AND HONESTLY HAVE NEVER HAD A KID ACT THIS WAY FOR SUCH A PERIOD OF TIME. EVERYBODY COPIES, BUT THIS BEHAVIOR JUST SEEMS SO EXTREME.
THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP.