Parents and Teachers~ Would you support extra curriculum for peers of Special Needs Kids?
I like to observe how children interact with one another, both in a school setting and within their network of peers at home.
Recently I observed a falling out of sorts within a group of neighborhood boy buds.
One of the kids (age 9) is special needs, ADHD/ODD and he was pissed that the rest of the group were not "following the rules". I sat back and watched the group of boys get frustrated with the SN (special needs) child's apparent inability to "go with the flow". They threw their hands up and said "whatever" and left the SN's boy standing there, alone, confused and pissed off.
SOOOOOO, I got to thinking, as I often do.
With the increasing number of special needs kids in our lives; from school settings to neighborhood and even within family settings, HOW can we better equip the peers to understand, navigate and realize the particular limitations of some of the SN kids?
Are our schools doing enough? Are they doing anything?
(In our district, the answer is NO, there is ZERO education for the PEERS of SN kids.)
This concerns me.
So, I am asking you all, mothers and teachers, would you support some sort of cirriculum designed to educate the peers of these SN kids? I am thinking a short series, SIMPLE powerpoint presentation form of how these kids feel, why they sometimes behave the way they behave, how you (peer) can help and even mitigate some of their roadblocks (thus teaching empathy) and how NOT to blame and label the kid with SN's.
NOW...here's the twist, lol. From speaking within my own personal network of parents, educators and the like, I am getting some seriously mixed reactions. Which brings me to this post...the biggest trepidation is coming in the form of: "well that WILL label them, and it is not the school's job to cover this, that falls in the lap of the parent!"
And from the parents of the SN kids: "We don't want our child identified as needing something, anything above or beyond what other kids need."
Here are a couple of links that touch on this idea of how to empower the peers of SN kids.
How do you feel about this topic, moms?