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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Funny Things The Kids I Work With Say, Vol. 2

If you've read my blog for awhile you know that I'm a pediatric occupational therapist, and I work with kids who have pretty severe developmental disabilities, emotional disorders, and physical disabilities.
And well, if you just started reading my blog... now you know something else about me =P

A few months ago I shared some funny things the kids I work with say,
anddd it was good time.
So good, that I decided to share some more of these treasures with you.

Student:
Miss Tammy,
I have sushi in my lunch today.
Me:
What kinda sushi sweets?
Student:
A spicy tootsie roll
Me:
Ooohh that sounds good
 
Student:
"I'm diddling my ice cube"
(I don't even know...)

Student To Teacher:
"STOP!! You're making my mind crazyyyy!"

This next story is not funny, but I really think it's worth mentioning:
A student who has Asperger's Syndrome and a pretty severe anxiety disorder was really upset after he was told it was time to go to lunch. Eventually, he calmed down a bit and this is what he said...

Student:
No! No! Nooo! It's not time!! It's not time to go to lunch yet!!!!
Teacher:
But it is time, let's go see what good stuff you have for lunch.
Student:
Nooooooooooo!!! The sun isn't in the right spot in the sky!!!!! It's not time for lunch yet!!! 

This happened on the Monday after we changed the clocks for daylight savings. Seriously, how amazing is this kid? He knew where the sun was everyday during lunch before we changed the clocks. I am in awe.

That last story made me think about how special these kids really are. This particular student has the verbal skills to talk to us and tell us about how he learns and understands his environment, but most of the kids I work with do not have the ability to communicate with words. I know all of our kids are so special and see the world in such unique and beautiful ways, but I also wonder how much they know and are unable to tell us.
It must be so so painful to have so much you want to share with others, but know you lack the ability to share.....

On the positive side, I am thankful to work at a school with co-workers who really care for these kids and do their best each day to provide them with the best services and care.

And because I am a firm believer that all good blog posts should have at least one fun photo...
Here's a pic of Nadav and I from last weekend =)
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And in other news...
Ashley from Adventures of Newlyweds is sharing one of my favorite blog posts on her blog today. Go say hi, she's all kinds of wonderful. =)
and
Kelsey who is also all kinds of wonderful is holding her Tourist Tuesday Link Up. Today's featured post is by yours truly. Check it out =)

P.S. Have you entered the Fawn & Flora giveaway yet?

24 comments:

Monica's Notebook said...

Awww I LOVE this post! The last story is so sweet, and it is so crazy how smart these kids really are! I'm a student teacher in a 5th grade classroom right now and there are multiple students with special needs they make me laugh every day with all the silly things they say! <3

Kara said...

Hahah I love these stories. The last one really is amazing. It makes me miss working with kids so much!

christin said...

Aspbergers kids are freaking geniuses, I swear. My boyfriend's boss has, what we believe to be a mild case, and he is a genius.

Jodi Ann said...

hahaha! I love these posts...your kids are hilarious and AMAZING. What a smarite to recognize the time change by the sun. p.s. you and your man are adorable.

Jacki @ A Certain Type of Glow said...

Wow ... so, just last week Matt and I were talking about that "wrongful birth" case for the little girl with Down syndrome and Matt was saying that we have NO way of knowing how ANY person, regardless of what challenges they may face, can change the world, or how they may touch others, etc. and that he recently read some research about children on the autism spectrum and how they process things. It was a pretty huge and in-depth conversation, the little boy who wasn't ready for lunch because of the sun's position reminds me of that ... obviously there is SO much going on in his mind and he has the ability to communicate it, it makes me wonder what amazing things we could learn from those children who don't have the verbal skills, and makes me hope for more and more breakthroughs in therapy and treatment.

Amira said...

WOW Tammy, that is one sharp little boy! I'm really impressed, how did you guys end up talking him outside?

Jes said...

hahaha LOVE the tootsie roll/sushi one.
xx jes

Ronida said...

these kids are adorable...I know it takes a lot of patience to deal with them..I'm so proud of you.. <3

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Tom said...

That lunch story is magical. Really magical.

Heidi said...

You live in San Diego! My husband and I coming there this week. Thursday-Sunday. We currently live in Phoenix so driving over for a long weekend (he just tok his optometry board exams so we are celebrating).

We have never been, and have no idea what to do, where to stay.... Anything that we MUST do while we are there. We are on a huge budget, considering he is a non paid scholarship optometry intern.

But we love to ask locals because they know better than anyone!

Alexa said...

Oh my gosh...adorable. Love what things pop out of kids' mouths.

Ashley Slater said...

wow, that is crazy he knew where the sun was supposed to be! My husband as just offered a PT job working in pediatrics in dallas but he is turning it down because he isn't comfortable working with kids-- and usually kids in PT have disabilities and they also have their parents looking over your shoulder every 5 seconds. I say THAT to tell you that I think it takes someone incredibly patient, full of grace and with a sweet and kind heart to do the kind of work you do! you are a blessing :)

xo,
ashley

Eloquent English said...

HAHAHA! I love funny 'teacher' stories! I bet you could write something almost everyday! xoxo A-

Kai.Mercado. said...

such a cool story about the child who knew where the sun was. Your kids are all kinds of awesome.

p.s. I put your button on my sidebar lol hope you don't mind

Kai.Mercado. said...

such a cool story about the child who knew where the sun was. Your kids are all kinds of awesome.

p.s. I put your button on my sidebar lol hope you don't mind

Samantha said...

You should do these posts every week! Or at least bi-weekly! I love them, they always make my day.

Anna said...

Kids are so funny! I love this.

And what a CUTE photo of you two!!

Olivia.Dee said...

i love that story.

Allie said...

It really is amazing how these kids have such arcane abilities that you don't see everyday. i have two cousins that have been diagnosed with autism. One of them is an amazing artist because that has been what she has solely fixated on her entire life. The other has such an amazing ability to memorize entire episodes of tv shows he loves and videos he watches. I have no idea how someone could have such a sharp memory. It's amazing to think about how they must see the world, and it's also a bit sad when you think about everything they must want to communicate with the world and may not be able to. I can't even imagine the frustration that could go with that. Anyway, I loved that story. Along with the "spicy tootsie roll!" That one was just so cute and funny!

Emily Baker said...

now i know thats how you spend your day!! what an incredible career. can't wait to hear more!

and i wanted to share my blog's first giveaway with you! Sending the link to all the lady bloggers i look up to!

http://talesforkarina.blogspot.com/2012/03/giveaway-25-giftcard-to-mystic-moon.html

Natalie said...

How amazing. I have a relative who has Asperger's and it's a struggle everyday for him. He is 18 and just got accepted into the local college here in Florida. He has his days where he's a little upset when things are "off"... but he is brilliant enough to work thru it without the help of anyone.

Your blog touched me. Beautifully written... or typed ;)

Nicole said...

Haa. That is funny, kids are funny! Have a good week!

La Maman Heureuse said...

Loved reading your stories about the amazing kids you work with. The story of the boy with the sun & the time change, wow, just goes to show that every child is worth it!

Love from Belgium,

Cindy

Lauryn said...

Wow, kids never cease to amaze me! What a bright boy. I'm glad you posted this, because it seems that people tend to associate Asperger's with stupidity, which is so not the case!

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