Wednesday, November 20, 2013
After a long day of children not listening or following directions (more so than usual), I finally take my 2nd loaders down to wait for the bus. I have four kiddos with me. We are sitting and waiting very nicely when my KK student, jumps up and starts pointing down the hall and crying. He is nonverbal, so I start doing my "20 questions". He is insisting that we go back to the room. My room is in the front wing and we are in the back hall waiting. He is pulling me and trying to get me to go with him! I can't leave the other 3 alone..... our PE coach comes to help. By now the kiddo is screaming and won't walk back to the other kids. He really wants to go back to the room and the bus will be here any minute! He is falling on the floor and refusing to get up unless we go where he wants to go. What to do????? Suddenly, duh, I notice that he doesn't have his harness on! So, leaving 3 with the AP, who came to help, him with the Coach - I do what many of us have done in the past and go sprinting down to my room only to find - yep - no harness! So back I go, this time power walking instead of running. Bus is here, and the kiddo is fit to be tied. Luckily his harness is in his backpack. So on goes the harness and we walk him to the bus. I give him to the driver and start to fill the AP in with what happened when the bus driver calls us for help. They can't get him to sit down and he is off the bus pulling on me. Okay, back to 20 questions. He is pulling on me and trying to give me his hand. He usually holds something in his hand and of course he doesn't have anything. So we get some paper towel and he puts that into his hand, climbs on the bus, sits and is buckled in. So the bus finally leaves and all is well.
Of course I know that I should not run and am now paying the price. My foot is not happy with me at all. I have it elevated and wrapped, so hopefully it will be fine for tomorrow. But what else would I do when a little kid is having a meltdown because he knew things weren't right but couldn't speak and tell us. What a horrible feeling that must be, and he did do the best he could. He let me know that he needed something and got three adults to help him. Bless my students. They know so much if we can only listen.