Throughout the school year, I have been able to volunteer in Luke's classroom every other week. Although, with Brayden's schedule it has felt more like once a month.
I do enjoy being in the classroom. Not only to see Luke in action, but to be around the adorable kindergartners. They are still so little...little voices, little imaginations, etc. I just love to listen and watch.
Yesterday, Brayden joined me for my volunteering time. I wheeled Brayden into the classroom. Luke was thrilled his was there. The teacher did a great job explaining Brayden to a few curious kids. Then I parked myself and Brayden at a table ready to do a center. The first group came to the table.
One child was extremely curious about Brayden. This child touched Brayden, then touched him again and again. I tried to tell the child not to touch him, partly because work needed to be done and because Brayden did not like it. The touching turned into poking. Then the poking turned into copying. The child was copying Brayden's noises (like little dinosaur/lion roars) but then the copying turned into a making-fun-of copying. Then just making fun of Brayden. I asked that the copying stop, again because work needed to be done and making fun of someone needed to stop.
My gentle suggestions to get back to work and leave Brayden alone seemed to be ignored. Then it was time to switch groups. Child was gone, Brayden was much happier as was I.
I have absolutely no problem with curiosity about Brayden (from adults or children). Children are much quicker to accept some one new and a bit different. Answering questions and talking to them about Brayden rarely bothers me...explaining him to others, not a problem. Curiosity from children is usually the best because they ask the questions adults are too reserved to ask.
But what to do when it turns into something hurtful?