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.
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!]