Behavior problems generally surface when students are over-challenged or under-challenged. If this student feels he is not keeping up with classmates, he may be attempting to draw attention away from his learning difficulties by acting out. The following articles provide insight into potential reasons why students with learning challenges misbehave and helpful advice on reducing these behaviors:
It may be helpful to reconsider the type and level of services he is receiving to make sure it is sufficiently engaging but not overwhelming. You could also convene an IEP meeting to discuss adjusting his IEP or pursuing further testing, if appropriate.