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I think your instincts are on target. You can see that his behavior is outside his control and knowing that “forcing” him to comply will not be effective. Offering compassion and understanding is a great start.
Instead of doing separate activities with him all the time, can the teacher incorporate some of what he loves, like water play, into the class lessons? Accommodating so he can participate in class is the ideal approach.
Working on lagging skills like emotional regulation and frustration tolerance will help him as well.
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