When the Kid Who Can, WON’T

When the Kid Who

Can, WON’T

Working more effectively with the defiant and noncompliant student


James D. Sutton, EdD

P.O. Box 672

Pleasanton, TX 78064

(830) 569-3586

Email: suttonjd@docspeak.com

Program Focus:

This program provides insights and interventions for teachers and classroom paraprofessionals in working with capable, but defiant and noncompliant, students. Target behaviors include defiance, procrastination, pouting and stubbornness, obstructionism and forms of noncompliance and intentional inefficiency, such as “forgetting,” task refusal and chronic episodes of missing or incomplete school work.

Participant Benefits:

This workshop will improve participants’ ability to:

–Understand behaviors of defiance and noncompliance … and how to deal with them.

–Realize more on-task performance and achievement from this youngster.

–Implement interventions that reduce conflict and bring more harmony into the classroom.

–Increase confidence in influencing long-term positive growth in student behavior.


Intended Audience of this Program:

Special education/regular education teachers and paraprofessionals, counselors, administrators, inclusion and alternative education specialists, assessment professionals, special education supervisors/directors, school nurses, and child care specialists

Needs Addressed by this Program:

Peggy is bright and capable. Achievement testing shows that she is functioning at or above grade placement. She is failing in school. Peggy is never prepared for class and homework is rarely completed and turned in.

This youngster’s noncompliance is a serious problem. Parent-teacher conferences have done little to stem the tide of Peggy’s defiance and noncompliance at school … and things aren’t much better at home.

One more thing. At the core, Peggy seems to be a very unhappy young lady.

Program Description:

Defiance and noncompliance are especially big concerns in the schools today. This program will look closely at these behaviors in the youngster who is capable, but is not performing to potential.

Dr. Sutton will demonstrate the critical difference between coercive and non-coercive noncompliance, and will share current ideas and strategies for the redirection of inappropriate behavior. Eight categories of intervention for improving task-related compliance will be covered.

Dr. Sutton will also present the concept of the “Reasonableness Quotient,” which, when combined with a system of prioritizing expectations, can greatly reduce conflict with this youngster.

Program Objectives:

Through this workshop and materials, participants will be able to:

1. Understand why it is important to “fail” faster with the difficult student.

2. Consider how emotional factors contribute more to motivation and success than intellectual processes.

3. Support three “fundamentals” that will essentially guarantee at least some improvement in behavior in all students.

4. Grasp the notion that behaviors (good and not-so-good) always track a payoff.

5. Gain skills for determining the “location” of the problem fueling inappropriate behavior.

6. Review the most common classroom behaviors of defiance and noncompliance.

7. Internalize the critical difference between coercive and non -coercive noncompliance.

8. Avoid seven of our most typical responses to this youngster that only serve to make behaviors worse.

9. Identify and Implement achievable qualities of teachers who experience a measure of success with this youngster.

10. Gain an effective process for clarifying and prioritizing expectations with the difficult student … a method that substantially can reduce conflict.

11. Engage and confront confront this student more effectively.

12. Achieve eight categories of intervention (the foundation for hundreds of specific strategies) for improving task-directed compliance.

13. Review additional options for programming and discipline at school.

14. Conference comfortably and effectively with this student’s parents.

Qualifications of the Presenter:

James D. Sutton, EdD

Texas Psychologist License # 2790

Texas Professional Counselor License # 06979

Texas Education Agency certifications–see vita

Texas Licensed Specialist in School Psychology #6154

Certified Speaking Professional

Agenda (breakout to 2.5 hour format)

Part I


What Failure Can Teach Us

Covering the Fundamentals

How Behavior Follows the Payoff

The Nature of Noncompliance

Common Defiant and Noncompliant Behaviors

The “No-lutions”


Part II

Why Some Folks Are “Naturally” Successful With This Youngster

Prioritizing Expectations to Stimulate More Compliance

Constructive Confrontation

Improving Task-directed Compliance

Prostvention and Discipline

Parent Conferences