Palo Alto's 'sweethearts'
Original post made on Mar 4, 2013
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on Mar 4, 2013 at 3:46 pm
I hope with this full inclusion of special ed. students are not subject to bullying, teasing and harrassment as the other student did. Their are so adorable and fragile. Teachers, do not have eyes behind their backs, and it can happen, without them knowing. God Bless all our children, but more special ed. Kids.
on Mar 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm
It is so true that special ed and learning disabled kids are sensitive and rather fragile. Day in and day out they suffer criticism, taunts, name-calling, and the impatience of parents, teachers and adults in general. It is rare that they hear praise, and rarer still that their strong traits ( kindness, sweetness, honesty, compassion) are ever recognized, much less credited.
As a parent, it is painful to watch all this. My son was oxygen-deprived at birth, did not breathe for ten minutes, and then suffered ear infections so severe that he was deaf for three years. None of this was his fault, but adults would act like he did not understand what they were saying when asking, " What is wrong with him?". He actually had a first-grade teacher throw a book at him in first grade ( another district). She gave in to frustration, but got away with this behavior because she was two months pregnant! That was another form of bullying!
I was glad to hear about Barron Park Elementary!
on Mar 4, 2013 at 8:12 pm
Walter Underwood is a registered user.
The Palo Alto CAC has organized the Sweetheard Awards every year for the past nine years. This is a chance for special needs children and their parents to say thanks publicly. It is always a wonderful, happy evening.
I don't remember the number of people honored this year, but it is usually fifty, sixty, or more.
Let's all remember to say "thanks" more than once a year.