When Thomas came to us he never smiled. His behavior was different. He would strip all of his lower clothing off and sit backwards to urinate. He had very little small motor development, and could not fasten/unfasten his pants, put on his own jacket, etc… He echoed speech instead of answering a question. For example, “Thomas do you need help with your jacket?” He would respond, “Jacket!”
I contacted my special needs coordinator and she came to evaluate him for learning delays, occupational therapy and speech and is now getting special services while continuing in my class.
Because he is in our class, he is learning from other children as well as teachers, while receiving the extra help that he needs. Thomas now stands and urinates in the toilet and is slowly getting more coordinated. Because we care about each child, we reach out to them where they are, and there is always something we can do to help them improve.
With positive reinforcements, he smiles a lot now.