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Distracting Behavior (4B)

Distracting Behavior refers to vocal or motor tics, or repetitive mannerisms related to a disability that may be distracting to other students.
Distracting behaviors are generally a result of difficulty with monitoring and regulating behavior, particularly in high stress environments. These behaviors may manifest themselves as a failure to acknowledge attempts by a faculty member to redirect a verbal digression, failure to maintain eye contact, or looking past the speaker. Students may fidget, shift, or have difficulty staying seated for extended periods of time. They may also call out in class, engage in rambling speech, or monopolize discussion.

Formal Diagnostics

  • Diagnostic information that makes reference to the student having tics or other behaviors would be indicators of distracting behavior.

Intake Questions

  • Do you have tics or mannerisms that you cannot control?
  • Are you frequently told that your actions are distracting?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?


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