Aren’t we all misunderstood sometimes?

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 I found this on several websites.  Great words to read, share, and learn from.    ~Pam

                 Bill of Rights for Misunderstood Kids

 

HELP ME TO FOCUS…

Please teach me through my sense of touch. I need “hands-on” and body movement.

 

I NEED TO KNOW WHAT COMES NEXT…

Please give me a structured environment where there is a dependable routine. Give me an advance warning if there will be changes.

 

WAIT FOR ME, I’M STILL THINKING…

Please allow me to go at my own pace. If I’m rushed, I get confused and upset.

 

I’M STUCK, I CAN’T DO IT…!

Please offer me options for problem solving. If the road is blocked, I need to know the detours.

 

IS IT RIGHT? I NEED TO KNOW NOW…

Please give me rich and immediate feedback on how I’m doing.

 

I DIDN’T KNOW I WASN’T IN MY SEAT…!

Please remind me to stop, think, and act.

 

AM I ALMOST DONE…?

Please give me short work periods with short-term goals.

 

WHAT…?

Please don’t say “I already told you that.” Tell me again, in different words. Give me a signal. Draw me a symbol.

 

I KNOW IT’S ALL WRONG, ISN’T IT…?

Please give me praise for partial success. Reward me for self-improvement, not just for perfection.

 

BUT WHY DO I ALWAYS GET YELLED AT…?

Please catch me doing something right and praise me for the specific positive behavior. Remind me–and yourself–about my good points when I’m having a bad day.

 

[I need to remind myself everyday when I am working with students to STOP…….THINK…..LISTEN……and then DO!  I hope that we can receive constructive criticism and respond with grace.  This is a wonderful skill to provide to the students.  As I am a  person with difficulties with my hearing, I often find myself asking for repetition.  I know this may frustrate many but I want to make sure that I have the instructions correctly.  We all need to pause at times and remember that we all are misunderstood at times.  Let’s all remember that ….. STOP…THINK…..LISTEN is a wonderful tool to use.  Take the time to pause for a moment and just enjoy the special talents that we all have within us!]

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