Kids belonging to each other
This is what Glennon means when she says we belong to each other.
And then there is this:
Not quite sure what it is? You read Rules by Cynthia Lord, right? The main character, Catherine, befriends Jason, a boy who uses pictures to communicate and wheels to get around. She proceeds to draw age appropriate symbols and words for him to use, such as “stinks a big one” in repsonse to the speech therapist who uses baby talk.
This is just one of the reasons peer relationships are so important.
Aidan’s class read the book Rules and then decided to make Aidan his very own picture book. They include important words such as :
and the ever important DITCH as in DITCH school!
I’ve been beating the drum of inclusion since Aidan began school and sometimes it’s exhausting but it’s always worth it. For the past several years, he’s had a team that really “gets it.” Teachers who believe in him, kids who want to be with him, and therapists who push him.
A few weeks ago the teacher sent home a note saying Aidan was the only one in his special ed class who understood that April is the fourth month. He recognized the numbers and sequencing and accurately used his ipad to communicate. Ba Bam!
When educators presume competence, they may actually get results.
And when kids build community, well, anything can happen.