I believe every child has special needs & I like to focus on
the word SPECIAL when I explain what I mean.
The label “special needs” started being widely used when I was in grade school
(or at least that’s when I first encountered it).
In grade 5, my teacher paired me with a “special” needs girl so I could tutor
her during class.
Back then, I was incensed – why should I have to be associated with someone
“different” & why did I have to juggle listening to the teacher so I could learn
my own lessons while helping someone else at the same time?
Every night for a week, I complained to my mother (a former teacher,
who was thrilled that I had been chosen for what she saw as an important task)
who calmly told me that she would not call my teacher to express
any sort of disapproval.
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