September is Emergency Preparedness Month, and it has made responders curious and interested in QUICK LOOK FOR VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY RESPONDERS, A GUIDE FOR AIDING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES. It’s great graphics and quick read are popular for busy persons, and its small size to fit a pocket or back pack gives it easy access. A popular part of the book is the section with picture boards that allow persons who are non-verbal or use English as a second language to indicate where they are hurt or what they need.
If you are a teacher or work with persons with special needs you will find this book helpful in daily work as it can give you a quick understanding of your students, sort of a thumbnail sketch of an individual disability.
I have to admit my title is too long, but it tells you exactly what it is about. I hope your interest drives you to Amazon.com to purchase one even if you aren’t a responder.
Looking for warning signs of over-stress can help
prevent meltdowns for students with disabilities.
All our leaders are raising their awareness to the causes and prevention of meltdowns in groups. Many students know what causes them to “crash and burn” as they might call it, so they distance themselves from what they are doing. Good case in point, one student was asked to glue and do things he couldn’t see to do, so he took himself away to a far wall and sat on a couch. He could do the job, but it was too stressful. He saw it coming and prevented himself from running from the room. Other things may have affected him such as crowding (he needs his space), noise, not having an influence on what was happening, assuming that he new everyone in the group he had just joined – many influences. Coming new into a group is stressful until the group goes through the stages of formation so that every person feels validated and at home. Only then can the group be productive and work as a group for whatever is the task.
Some students who have seizures know what may set them off, and they can distance themselves from a group to solve the problem. It may be florescent lights or a room that is too hot, loud noise, stress over someone taunting them – the list goes on and is personal.
Those of us without disabilities would do well to find out what makes us “crash and burn” before we start snapping at someone or find tears in our eyes. Oh, to be as intuitive as some of our students.
A boiling swarm of killer bees came out of the wall of my living room when the ABC Pest control technician, clad in heavy bee suit tried to get rid of them. They about got rid of him by stinging him through his canvas suit, and he had to flee to the truck and put on another layer. Mad! Man! Were they mad, so mad they tried to attack me where I sat to watch the show behind the glass of the bay window in my dining room. Their bodies slammed furiously against the glass. They previously stung people working in the yard and cleaning the windows. (Yes. I’m way late with spring cleaning. Just look at it like I’m early for next year.) I’m told that if the extermination got the Queen bee, the colony left, if any, will move on. Check in a week from now, and we will know.
Red wasps have been a problem in the neighborhood, building nests in walls. A swarm built in the wall by our front entrance, so guests had to go to the back. On the way they had to pass the killer bees, otherwise known as African bees. However, you’re welcome to come any time now that the front door is under control.