Working w Child w Down Syndrome
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|Tue, 05-04-2004 - 11:09pm|
I work at an after school care and recently have been given the role of looking after a child with down syndrome. She is 7.
The problem is, I am finding her behaviour very challenging, I really need help.
The other day I was trying to get her to go somewhere we had to go, but she kept running off. I ended up chasing her all around the whole school. I tried speaking to her, using different strategies but in the end I had to get someone who has worked with her for nearly two years to come and get her which she did with ease.
For me this was devestating, I felt that I had failed.
I understand it is probably my own attitude, strategies that need to change but I do not know how.
Can anybody help me? I am so willing to establish a good relationship with her while maintaining good discipline. How do I do this? What are good strategies that I can use? How can I get her to respect me and listen to my authority/instruction?
I am a training teacher and at this stage I feel like a failure and want to quit, please help me.
Please help me.