Early Childhood/Special Needs Education, Another Look at Iris Grace:
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Regular readers of this blog know that for two years I have been following the adventures of Iris Grace, a young girl with autism in the UK. The story of how her parents are helping her to grow through exploring, creativity, and the friendship of her Maine coon cat Thula was published in the UK last week. Today’s post offers insight into the development of Iris Grace and her relationship to her animal friend.
I have posted often on the experiences of Iris Grace as she develops because I believe that what her family is doing to create a caring and creative environment for her has many lessons for early childhood education everywhere. We have gone dreadfully wrong in the US in making preschool a shadow and reflection of the traditional academic environment of the elementary school. Indeed, that environment is wrong and doing great harm to children as well.
The images here are all from Iris Grace Painting.
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“Iris Grace, now 6 years old, was diagnosed with autism in 2011. Because of her condition, Iris faces challenges that most children her age don’t. While her peers are well on their way to communicating their needs and wants effectively …”
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