This is a new one: Regarding riding a bicycle
I'll answer this before I ask it:
Answer: Approach it like you'd approach anything else in the same circumstances.
Question: I have an opportunity to teach a young 11 year old girl who is mentally retarded to ride a bicycle. Her dad is very, (very!) emotionally distressed because he has 2 daughters, both with disabilities of sorts. This one is more the challenge. He has tried himself to help her but can't get it. This is when I suggested or offered that I'd be more than happy to help.
I tend to be very good at difficult situations, (and NO, I did not say this or anything like this when we spoke),...working with challenging people,....(and likewise tend to suck a bit when it comes to working with elite athletes). He's embarassed, and I'm hoping I didn't embarass him more because I approached it with enthusiasm. I already teach two mentally retarded individuals, and one autistic child. These things are just totally non issues for me.
I think he's so close and feels so responsible and is taking this personally. I also believe an outsider may have better luck.
So,...if any of you were in this position, and the dad agreed to let you have a go at it, is there anything you would or would not do? Common sense things are what I explained to him (by avoiding refering to her in any way other than by her first name,.....she's a young 11 year old girl, period, end of story,....I do not make any deal out of her differences).
Anything you'd do, say, avoid, don't say, try, approach,....yaddah yaddah yaddah?
This isn't related but for some weird reason I also end up training dogs that people give up on.....before they want to put them down for being too hard to handle, I get them, and voila. It seems to be my thing. Again, working with difficult situations in general.
But as I said, give me someone or something normal and it's a clusterfrak (go Battlestar freaks). (Bleh).
Sic vis pacem para bellum.
Listen not to what they say about you. Listen to what they whisper.
Last edited by Merrida; 19-Apr-08 at 04:47 PM.