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  •  It takes a special person (6+ / 0-)

    to deal with challenged kids.  I've known some real gems.  I've also known others who only got their endorsements so that they could get a raise.  Once they have the piece of paper, the district will put them in whatever classroom they're needed.  People who never really intended to teach special needs kids end up doing so, often poorly.

    I taught in parochial schools where we didn't really have specials needs classrooms.  I've had kids with Asperger's and autism, as well as other challenges. Yes, there are plenty of issues to deal with, but I found it so rewarding, too.  When you finally get the right combination of things that work for a child, it's a better high than any drug!

    One little kindergartener was really sensitive to noise.  Now, I'm a music teacher.  My classroom was not quiet.  The minute the music started, he'd put his hands over his ears and the tears would roll down his cheeks.  I was in physical pain myself, just knowing how bad he felt.  After a couple of weeks, I stumbled upon a really easy solution.  My room was across the hall from the office.  I arranged with the secretary for him to spend a few minutes with her if he needed to get away.  I told him to tell me he needed to "take five" if things were too loud.  Funny thing, he only did it a couple of times.  Once he knew he had an "out", he didn't need it anymore. By Christmastime, he made it through the whole children's musical - almost an hour of play/music!  :-)

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 05:21:43 PM PST

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    •  Oversensitive ears (5+ / 0-)

      My autistic son has this problem, this is why I bring those foam earplugs with me. When things get to loud, in a movie, or a crowd or in a store, etc, he puts in the earplugs and it makes the noise level manageable for him. Wednesday we went to get his hair cut, and we forgot the earplugs. For some reason the  music volume was too loud this time for him, and he asked the hairdresser for cotton balls, which she provided for him and he put those in his ears and he was fine.
      I think you're right with some of it, some of it is just knowing he can escape if things get too loud. Some of it however is that he doesn't hear things on levels, everything is at the same level volume wise, mostly, except for the real piercing sounds, those seem to be much louder than they actually are.

      •  I don't know as much as I ought to... (1+ / 0-)
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        but I'd never had intensive classes on this, either.  I just got lucky with that child.  Had I not discovered that solution, I'd have kept at it until I found something that worked.  There are kids that I can't deal with, but I'd never stop trying.  There is always something that one can do...

        I'll keep the earplug thing in mind.  I'm retired, but I still have friends who teach.  Those earplugs are easy and cheap.  We had a couple pair of the big earmuff things that people wear when they work in loud environments.  Our ADD/ADHD kids got so they'd fight over who got to wear them while they read or studied.  :-)

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 06:53:08 PM PST

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