Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Working with Children...

In the past couple of weeks I've had the benefit and pleasure of working with a few classes of children, doing information presentations. The first was with a group of three 5/6 classes and the second with a group of three 3/4 classes. It was great to be able to talk about what it is like to live with a disability, how compassion and consideration work, and of course, what it is like to have a dog guide.

The kids are full of questions and there are some really thought provoking questions in there like 'How do I help a blind person?' and 'When did you realise you were blind?'

Kids are so open and curious. They all loved coming up and petting Harlem after the talk and loved telling me about their dogs. There were a few who were a bit shy or afraid of dogs and it was good for them to be able to have a go at petting a calm dog. Harlem absolutely had a ball. His tail wagged so much I half expected it to fall off in the end.

Kids make a great audience, they laugh on cue which is always very satisfying! They are willing to have a go at answering questions even if they aren't sure if they are understanding the question. Sometimes their answers are surprising and very insightful, like when I described this scene...


The suggestions included the tallest person putting the shortest person on their shoulders, or cutting the fence so that it sloped down for the shortest person. These were very clever ideas, and they showed how the kids really understood the concept of everyone being treated the same taking into account their challenges.

Honestly, I could work with kids every day!

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