Thursday, 7 October 2010

Don't Be Afraid To Make A Fool Of Yourself!

One thing I have learned along the way both as a parent and as an LSA to children with Downs, you must always be prepared to make yourself look a right prat for the good of the cause. Take today...I'm working with a new little boy and it is taking time to get him into the groove as it were. Year 1 is difficult enough as it is, but for some children it is an almost insurmountable mountain and they need a lot of effort from those around them to help them reach their daily goals.

Today that effort involved marching around outside singing 'Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes' at the top of my voice whilst smacking the relevant body parts with a tambourine like some crazed Salvation Army reject. But it worked - little boy was engaged, joined in, learned the names of body parts, had loads of fun and signed for more. Result!

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