Wheelchair Attendant training started for 1-2R (Mac’s class) on Friday.
Before we started there was a couple of questions from the students.
“We’re not allowed to touch Mac’s head are we”, asked Max.
Not sure what motivated the question I replied “yes, you can touch his head”, but remained a little puzzled.
I have heard of people thinking ‘brain injuries are catching’ or being over cautious with seemingly fragile children with disabilities. In response I tend to err on the side of “NO caution”.
Thankfully, Mrs R was able to clear up the true intent of the question.
Apparently Mrs R had told the children they weren’t to “pat” Mac on the head like a pet or baby. So we discussed it a little further. Mrs R asked them “do they ‘pat‘ their other friends on the head?”… “noooo” was the resounding response.
“So, if Mac is just a kid like you, why would you ‘pat’ him on the head?” she queried.
“Well, he’s not a baby”, Jack observed.
“And he’s not a puppy or kitten”, added Max.
“He’s NOT EVEN A HORSE!” Maddy proclaimed.
Head Patting 101 has been passed ‘with Honours’ by 1-2R… way to go, kids.