Dedico questo post alle persone sensibili e altruiste che toccano la vita degli altri con tanti piccoli gesti silenziosi e sempre con un sorriso. Se vi siete svegliati oggi, in piena salute, questo e’ gia’ un bellissimo regalo……abbracciate i vostri piccolini……oggi ho passato una giornata indimenticabile con due gruppi di bimbi molto speciali…..
I dedicate this post to sensitive and altruistic people who touch the lives of others with many small quiet gestures and always with a smile. If you woke up today, in full health, this is a beautiful gift….hug your little ones…..today I spent an unforgettable day with two groups of very special children…..
A few years back, I was subbing for the Amherst City School District and – though my focus has never been special needs, I volunteered should an emergency rise where a special needs teacher was absent – I spent a week with autistic children and learned how unprepared I was for the task. Though I documented myself every night to be better prepared the following day, I knew nothing about speech impairment, behavioral problems, cognitive differences. It was one of the most trying and special weeks of my life, the last day I went to the Board of Education and asked never to be put again in a special needs class because I could have not helped the children should the need arise. I never forgot the children and have learned a lot about autism ever since, sadly one of America’s most difficult condition in children and education….in remembrance of that week, and to ignite the imagination of a very special group of children, I spent a lovely morning with Francine Dimitrou, Assistant Director of the Lerner School for Autism at the Cleveland Clinic – a state of the art facility with incredible staff, faculty, educators – and brought some books as a gift to the children…..
Then I was off to Casa dei Bambini Montessori at Holy Rosary Church in Little Italy where I used to teach Italian to children ages 3-16. It was here that I first learned about Maria Montessori, her teachings on specialized education one child at a time: such a fascinating concept to me. The Montessori children are bright, brilliant, beautiful and, though life brought me elsewhere, I try to keep in touch as much as I can – today I returned with 25 books for their library……