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Orem, Utah, United States
My name is Annie Campbell and 9 years ago my son was diagnosed with Autism. Over the years of treatments, therapies and schools (with my son) I have learned countless techniques for dealing with children with special needs. Through my experience in primary, I have come up with some specific tips to create a happy atmosphere in church.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Appearances can be deceiving

Lately I've come up against the same situation over and over with my son, kids in my primary class and my nephew. What's the issue, you ask? Well, all these kids physically appear to be normal. However developmentally, they are not.

My nephew was adopted from Haiti about 8 years ago and came here with some pretty significant health issues. Due to these health issues, he is developmentally delayed. So even though he appears to be physically 11, developmentally he is 6. An Adults expectation's of a 6 year old vs an 11 year old differ quite a bit.

I've seen this with my own son as well. He looks and acts very normal most of the time. So when he gets upset and throws a fit, it can be rather shocking for others. My family is great with Jackson, but when this happens, they freeze up and don't know what to do. What I try to remind them is that he is a couple years behind in some areas. In a few ways, he's like a 5-6 year old.

What I want people to get from this, is to try and remember to have patience for kids with developmental disabilities. They most likely look and act "normal" but keep in mind, they are not. Their brains function differently and at different levels too.

1 comment:

  1. Annie,

    I heard about your blog a while ago when I was Primary President, and filed it away because I didn't need it then but thought I might in the future. We moved to a new ward and I am now Sunbeam teacher over a couple of children with developmental disabilities, and I am finding so many gems here on your blog. Thank you SO MUCH for all you are doing here. I especially liked this post because it applies to my 8-y.o. daughter who has an anxiety disorder -- she is mute in most public settings which has slowed her social development, so when she does interact with kids at school or in the neighborhood she often acts much younger. Good for me to remember, and good for me to remember to tell others! Thank you so much!!