Happy Halloween! I don’t really do anything for Halloween (apart from yesterday’s Apple Bobbing) and someone silly scheduled Halloween for the last day of the month this year so it’s time to look back on October.
Opinions on… Labelling Special Needs Children
Way back at the beginning of the month I wrote a post debating whether the current way children with special needs are labelled is write. An anonymous person had this to say:
I agree! When you know the child it makes no difference what 'condition' they have because they are just them...you even stop noticing the specific 'problems' because you get to know them for their personality and interests the same as any other child not for the fact that they need a specific routine because of being autistic etc- when you really, really know a child you stop noticing even the most severe disabilities because they are not what defines the child. In some ways I think the labels matter very little; the physical diagnosis makes no difference to how the child behaves, just to how others may perceive them. It is very frustrating how before any help can be given to a child and their family they have to be statemented and their 'condition' classified! If your child has severe ADHD and is constantly hyper-active you will need respite care for them whether the child has been formally diagnosed or not! Sorry to go on a lot- I work with children with special needs in a school south of London and know how frustrating statementing is for parents who need the help now, not 6 months later when their child has finally been classified as having a ADHD which they knew all along!
My Aunt and some of her friends, all with special needs children, shared their opinions on this. In theory, labelling children is probably not the best way to manage their needs. But it’s a much better system than those previous to it and actually coming up with a replacement system that is actually better is easier said than done. The general consensus about this topic is that the system works but the whole labelling thing has various issues which in an ideal world would be addressed.
Comments-Best of the Rest
I have had some lovely comments this month, here’s what they say:
Claire (on My Hectic Weekend): I loved reading about your night out, especially after your entry where you wanted to make more friends and socialise more. I really enjoy your posts, keep blogging x
I love lovely comments like this it always makes me smile (hint, hint, more please) Thanks so much for this Claire, glad you’re enjoying it.
Supergreensunbear (on Friday Review 5#): I haven't seen the Inbetweeners movie or read the Dr Who book and DC comic but I totally agree with your reviews of Torchwood and Dr Who. I'm of the opinion this series of Dr Who has been great and I'm really liking the way it's gone since Steven Moffat took over the top job. I really like the greater emphasis on the sci-fi throughout the series and the less long and drawn out character development. My dad and wife are the other way around though, they preferred simple stories that spoon fed the thoughts of the characters but you can't please everyone, I'm just glad we got some decent stories that will stick long in the memory, can't wait for for it to be back on our screens :)
Check me out with my popular opinions. Well someone agreed so that makes it popular. The last series of Doctor Who was so awesome, Saturdays just aren’t the same without it. It’s actually the only reason I am looking forward to Christmas.
Claire (yes again, on A Night to Remember…): Ahhhh blame the sausage meat! I feel like that today, but there was no sausage involved, just me, my bezzies and a cocktail with squished fruit in it! X
It seriously was the sausage meat, I was far more ill than alcohol would have made me. Though I do know that feeling you had rather too well!
Minion of the Month: If you’ve just read that last section, I think the answer kind of leaps out at you. Minion of the Month for October 2011 is the lovely Claire. Thank you for being so lovely!
The One Post You Should Go Back And Read: There’s a particularly good one entitled “Fish Toilets” which is quite entertaining, largely about my housemate saying and thinking stupid things. It’s pretty fun.
Blog of the Month: Nothing new has leapt out at me this month so I’m giving it so one of my fave blogs “Happenings From an Undisclosed Location” by Jay. Go and check it out, it’s awesomes.
And now all I have to do is decide my October was. I don’t exactly have to ponder this very much. It was rubbish. 2011 has been a pretty horrific year so far and I’m thinking October may well have been the worst month so far. Nothing that bad has happened, but lots of little things have built up to make a big dollop of rubbishness. That’s not to say it’s been all bad, I’ve had some terrific times in Bath, Southampton and of course Winchester. I have hopes that November will be better, though not very high hopes. Only time will tell.
Very soon all the posts from the last month will be on the appropriately titled “Last Month” page. Go and check them out if you want. Bring on November!