Worth Repeating: The Life Skill More Kids With Special Needs Should Learn
[Source: Love That Max]
School officials in Jurupa Valley, California, apologized last week for having Patriot High School students in special ed sort through campus trash bins for recyclables. The activity was part of a functional skills program, which also includes doing a budget, purchasing groceries and cooking meals. Outraged parents condemned administrators for humiliating and stigmatizing students with special needs.
This got me thinking about the life skills Max is learning. At school, he’s gotten guidance with feeding, dressing and toileting. His teacher has been wonderful at helping us reinforce manners; Max now regularly says “please” and “thank you,” especially if you take him to visit a fire station. But there’s one life skill Max isn’t picking up at school or at any of the special programs he attends: socializing with so-called typical peers. It isn’t happening much at home, either.
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