Accomodating a child
Childhood presents many challenges for special needs children, especially on the playground.In today's society, children need to adapt to circumstances that may pose potential problems for them.That the decisions I make in the moment, with very little knowledge, are not helping him.What I am expecting to hear is that I am spoiling him.Adaptations can make the difference between a child merely being present in the class and a child being actively involved.Developing adaptations and accommodations for a child with special needs is a continuous process that involves each child's collaborative team. Educators and instructors who accommodate special-needs children gain peace of mind in knowing that no child is left alone with a feeling of inadequacy.
To meet the specific needs of a child, changes may need to be made in one or more of the following instructional conditions – remember, when the child can participate in an activity as it is, no changes need to be made: Reprinted with permission from "Accommodating All Children in the Early Childhood Classroom," Copyright 2002, Circle of Inclusion Project, University of Kansas, Lawrence. Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota ( ) So as I have sat in the waiting room on a different couch, this therapist has been getting to know my son.For more than two months, she has been sitting on bean bags with him and asking him questions about his life.What I am sure she will say is that I am too soft, too enabling, and too mothering.I am confident she will question how we educate, medicate, and communicate with him.