K is for Kindness
The act of being generous, friendly and compassionate.
We are taught from an early age these
qualities. For children with special needs
these are "concepts" that are achieved a
bit more slowly. This year we have been
working closely with the general ed pop-
ulation to be "peer" models to our kids.
As I spoke about in the integration post,
those of our kids that can spend time in
their grade level with their peers do so.
We have had sixth grade "helpers" in
our classes working with the kids on a
variety of things-recess, PE and activities
within the classroom.
Being in class with their peers gives our
kids time to observe, interact, play and
learn from each other. It also gives the
peers time to learn and understand
that our kids aren't scary. For some this
is their first experience with a child with
Our "helpers" benefit from their inter-
action they have with our kids too. This
is where generosity, friendliness and
compassion come in to play. Again they
come to realize that our kids are not bad,
mean or yucky. Yes, they make noises,
they act differently, they don't
seem to listen or understand anything
but as time goes by our kids prove them
With this post I post I do have a request:
when you or your family are out and about
and one of my kids is near give them a smile
it will make their day and if they are with their parents they will appreciate it too! Thanks!!
~Keep on Dreaming~