Beyond excitement, this hyper-excited student is wound-up! It is important to determine what may trigger wound-up nonproductive behavior. Some unique learners seem like puppies in that they can become overly flighty when adults approach them too quickly, use intense eye contact or emit excessive sounds and vocalizations.

Immediately after any over-stimulating event (and for a con­siderable time following the event), be aware of subtle changes in your unique learner’s behavior. Changes in eating patterns, social responses to friends and family members, as well as a change in sleeping pattern are all noteworthy. As a detective/observer, you must note the manner in which the over-stimulating event either provided shut-down behavior, moved the student toward an alert and calm learning ready state, or caused a cascade of poor behavior.

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