Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Friends

Today after Jack's morning preschool (non-special ed), his teacher told me that she had given the other kids a little tutorial on how to talk to Jack. Like, if they want to play with him, walk up to him and say, "Jack, do you want to play?" Because he doesn't just pick up on the regular social cues.

Great!

And then, apparently, they all wanted to do it. They all wanted to talk to Jack and ask him if he wanted to play.

Great!

Of course Jack, in his Jack way, said no to most/all of them.

Not so great, but I'll live with it.

And when they were outside and playing in the sandbox and he was throwing sand that they should talk to Jack and say, "Jack, don't throw sand," instead of just running to the teacher.

Great!

When the parents were there picking up their kids, a friend of mine, H, whose daughter is in Jack's class, spotted the kids getting upset at Jack because he was knocking over their sand castles. So she stepped in to tell him not to do it. (Great!)

And then all the kids turned on her. They all defended Jack, telling H that Jack was their friend.

GREAT!

(Apologies to H.)

9 comments:

  1. That is such an amazing story, how a teacher can set the tone for how all the children are to treat each other and/or a special needs child. So many children have needlessly suffered terrible humiliation. Jack is lucky. For now, at least. I just love that story.

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  2. I love how little kids can look pass things. When my son was in pre-k (3years ago wow) He had a really hard time with his speech. I was the only one that could understand him. The other kids loved my son and they found a way to communicate with each other.

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  3. That IS great! When a kid is a bit different but the difference is explained to the other kids, they can be quite accepting and compassionate. When they feel they are part of the 'team' so to speak, they can be very helpful.
    Sounds like you've got a winner of a teacher there!

    Great!!! :)

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  4. Hey there, I just wanted to let you know I stopped by. First to the DC mom blog entry (referenced on WhyMommy's page tonight) re the bus-ride from hell, and now to this site. Just wanted to note that you and I have kids of very similar ages, all 3 born in the same years (01, 03, and 05).

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  5. I feel so lucky to be in this class with this teacher. She has done so much to help Jack and I be happy and comfortable in this class. I am constantly amazed at how much attention she is able to give to Jack--at the same time as she gives great attention to the other 14 students as well.

    Ally, I bet you hear this a lot (as do I): "You've sure got your hands full!"

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  6. That is GREAT, and great! There is nothing like a good teacher, and willing children.

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  7. Wow, what a great school and what a great teacher!

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  8. Isn't it great how young children don't have the same prejudices as older people.

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  9. I've just devoured your "autism" category, and I'm amazed at how similar our experiences are. I've been feeling especially alone this week with the neither-one-nor-the-other-ness of it all, so reading your posts has been wonderful.

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