Posted: July 1, 2011 in Brazil

Association of Parents and Friends of Exceptional Children: charity operating as a social movement, giving priority to education and seeks to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities

Two weeks working in a special needs school, focussing on education and socialisation skills for children with mild to severe learning needs and/or physical disability (e.g. downs syndrome, autism, cerebal palsy.)  The class sizes are small, no more than 6 children dependent on their age and need, right through to one to one support where necessary.

I was moved around each of the classes and had fantastic fun with the children and teachers, only one of which spoke english. Most my communication was through actions or pictures, which was of no hinderance while playing JENGA for much of the time 🙂 I also found that my rudimentary knowlege of German meant that I could communicate on a basic level with a few others.

Smiles and giggles made up for the lack of learning, but I am having a lovely time working with these exceptional children!

I also like the idea the school provides hot meals which I feel obligated to try, not wanting to offend the cooks who prepare the food on side in a large kitchen. They seem to offer me several portions each time, obviously they are concerned I am either under weight, hungry or still growing!

  1. Olga says:

    Ben, suas atitudes em relação as crianças e as coisas de Deus toca profundamente o meu coração imagino o coração de Deus vendo tudo isto!

  2. Kat says:

    Such happiness.. 🙂

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