Today at Violet's primary school, the Dept of Education's Disability Itinerant Support Lady gave a presentation all about Violet and her medical and physical conditions to give the kids a better understanding about Violet before she arrives on her first day of school tomorrow.
I helped out by giving her photos, drawings, info etc and she made the presentation. Emily was in one of the classes she presented this to today and she said it was really well received by the other kids.
Besides the general presentation, she gets children to participate aswell :
She gets 1 child to put oven mitts on and asks them to then open a popper (fruit box for other states), write with them on and put a shirt with buttons on with them to see what it is like when your hands are not doing what they should do.
She got another to wear glasses with one eye completely blacked out and the other with another vision impairment and asked them what they were able to see, how they would find their friends like that and how that made them feel.
She explained that everyone is born different, whether it be big feet, small feet, big eye or little eye etc.
She also talked about adapting some games when playing with children with disabilities so they can be fairly included.
She explained how crucial it was that if they saw Violet fall, hit her head, being sick , lying on the ground etc to get the teachers immediately.
It was all explained kid friendly and understandable for them. She covered all Violet's medical and physical conditions.
I have to say a much easier and effective way of explaining things and I don't have to write an introduction letter now, as this has been so effective!