I wish I had a dollar for every time someone has said to me – ” you must be so patient.”
This is by far the most common comment I hear when I tell people that I work with students with special needs.
I ride the comment.
I know that it has nothing to do with patience.
To be true to a student’s needs you must work at that student’s pace.
If it takes 20 seconds for a student with cerebral palsy to lift her hand – then so be it.
I wish I had the patience to accept peoples’ misunderstandings – but then I think people are far more understanding of special needs nowadays.
If it takes a minute for words to come then so be it – even if occasionally a teacher aid or teacher lacks the patience.
Time is a gift – and what are we to judge the extraordinary efforts that people with special needs face each day?
When I see an adult with cerebral palsy walking down the street I wonder how many countless hours were taken to reach what we take for granted; a teacher with patience, the student feeling respected in time – working with incredible tenacity.