Blessings in Disguise
Learning how to interact with special needs children in the best life lesson I have ever learned. In many instances, it has taught me to be patient and caring. I have also learned not to be judgmental. While spending time with them, I have discovered many blessings in disguise. I will reflect on these valuable lessons for the rest of my life and I believe they will help me to be a better person. Generally, spending time with these special needs children has taught me to be less judgmental. At first I was afraid to be around them, but in time, I have realized that they are just like normal kids. For example one of the children had uncontrollable screaming outbursts, which at first were very frightening. Wow, I understand that if I would have avoided them, I would have missed out on fun friendships. Not focusing on their illnesses has made the time spent with them extraordinarily special. Once discovered not to be judge a book by its cover, I began to learn the valuable lesson of patience. Furthermore, once I began to develop relationships with them, I learned how important it is to have patience. Patience is required in order to be able to adjust to each of their level of capabilities and understanding. For example, when I went bowling with them, we had to use bowling ramps in order to assist some of the children with their game. Also, most activities have to be preformed at a slower pace. At times it is difficult for them to interact with each other, so patience is required and encouraged to keep activities running smoothly. Being that their emotional states are very childlike, having understanding is necessary. For instance, when a young special needs boy lost his game of bowling he had an extreme meltdown. Instead of treating him like he was silly, I had to console him. Also, at the beginning of the school year, I was accused of bullying a special needs child. It was a case of mistaken identity and misunderstanding....
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