Tuesday, August 16, 2011

First Day

Today was the first day of school for students.

Half way through 2nd period it all sunk in... I had the realization that there really is not much for children with special needs.

Sure, I have been talking about it for a while now but it was not a reality until a student got over stimulated while in class and it all could have been prevented with basic knowledge of autism and could have been stopped with a schedule, a weighted vest, a squishy ball, or even a picture.

That is when it hit me: I am not just teaching children with special needs but I am teaching the aids how work with children with disabilities, giving basic knowledge to classroom teachers on how to teach and writing lesson plans without any type of curriculum (then teaching the aids how to administer the lesson so I can assess other children).

The visionary in me can see a great program for special education but the practical part of me is focused on the details. For now I need to remember to be patient and enjoy the challenges as they come because I know it will all work out in the end.


  1. Good luck, it sounds like you have a lot ahead of you, but knowing you, you'll do fine.....Love Ya

  2. I am singing the patient song :)

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  4. I agree, patience is very important. Just take it a step at a time. At least you got your feet wet and have an idea on were you are starting from. Sure, its going to be hard but you are in Africa, you are in a position to do great things, and you are doing what you love. That is a blessing in itself. You are going to do great!!

  5. Hi Maddy. I am praying for you. It can be overwhelming to see that the teachers don't even know some of the basics but the Lord who led you, got you educated and provided your support will lead you each step of the way! He is faithful!