By Anonymous - 10/07/2015 16:52 - United Kingdom - Nottingham
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She can hide with another child, I think it's sweet they wanted to include her. Maybe you were being a little uptight and should have thought of how she could play instead of why she couldn't.
My friends and I used to play this game called 'clap hide and seek' where the seeker closes their eyes and you say their name such as "Hank clap" and they'll clap three times in a row. You only get to ask each person to clap three times and you use your hands and ears to guide you around and it's actually quite fun. It works better playing on a playground where you can use things to guide you around.
I don't think op was being "uptight" per say. I think she was trying to explain the situation to the kids. There's no reason why they can't come up with a different version of the game or have her play with someone as a guide, but it's still good to let them know that she may not necessarily be able to play the way they would normally play. It's good to educate kids about certain disabilities and how there may be things they can't do or don't feel comfortable doing, and teach them how to make a situation or game in a way that includes the person with the disability. For instance, explain that she may not be able to be the seeker, but she could be a hider or play with a partner or something. I think you did good op, and maybe try and come up with different ways she could play that (or any other game) or come up with different ways the game could be played in general. And I love the kids for including her and not seeing her disability as hindering in any way.
Hi #56, There was another post the other day about the"take a stand against bullying" posters in the specialized school for children in wheelchairs. I think here the teacher should not have reacted in the way she did. She discourages the other children from interacting in a normal way with the girl as one of their peers. Now she practically forces them to just see her as a disabled person. Rather than that she could have joined the play and steered it into the direction where the girl could enjoy it too. I liked the others suggestions.