My name is Lillian, the ECE who work in Ever Green Child Care Center, toddler room.It’s a sunny day. The sunshine walked through the windows into my toddler room. I feel happy and comfy. And, that was the day the first time I met Fawn and her mom.When I saw them, the little girl was holding her mom’s hand and walked little behind.
Fawn was the toddler who was 18-month-old with low vision. She and her family of native Canadian heritage. Every day I could see her brown hair had the little thin braided hair with a mixed white and brown feather bend around. Her dressing was quite with native cloth style.
Fawn’s family just moved to Toronto.Recently,Fawn’s mom was looking for a job. I could tell Fawn’s mom felt happy with her daughter because whenever she saw Fawn she was always smile.Since they have no family in Toronto, Fawn’s mom was worrying about Fawn might lose the connection to her native heritage.
Fawn was a toddler who was curious, and she liked to touch different toys and material, but she was shy when she met people at the first time. Fawn’s mom told me that when her daughter was around one year old, she found that Fawn did not meet typical vision milestone, such as difficult to see the things around, easy to step on the toy on the floor and fell down while she was walking, etc. Therefore, she brought her daughter to see the ophthalmologist. Finally, Fawn has been diagnosed with low vision which “generally refers to a severe visual impairment”. (Reading package, part one, Visual Impairments)Fawn was unable to see the things around clearly, so she either went to very close to the objects, or touch them. Also, Fawn had good senses of hearing and smelling. She could not fall asleep if there was not quiet enough, and she used to the first one to know the lunch and snack time was coming. Fawn could say few words such as “hi, bye, ok”. She was glad to say “hi” and “bye” to me when she was coming or leaving the classroom. Whenever she agreed with my questions she would say “ok”. She also used pointing to show her words. Very often she pointed at the things or directions she wanted or wanted to know. (Reading package, part one, Visual Impairments)
Environment:More material and toys (sensory: touching and hearing)Big space -Keep the floor clean -After playing block, put them away -Clean up the toys -After sensory playing (water, sand), clean the floorMore nature lightsOrganized spaces and toysPut the big pictures on the cover of the booksOut door play: always keep an eye on FawnLunch and snack: encourage Fawn eat by herself Nap time -playing soft music -put the soft big toy or big picture on her bed -help her find her bed(Reading package, part one, Environment)
Teaching StrategiesTeaching her self – help skills -giving the simple tasks -step by step -break into some small stepsLet her to be confident -motivate her -reinforcement -Social: praising -Tangible: doing some favourite activities or playing -Primary: food http://connectability.ca/
Helping Fawn’s familyTalking to Fawn’s mom about her daughter’s daily strengths and needsSuggesting some agencies which Fawn and her mom can attend the programsSuggesting some job finding websites for Fawn’s mom
Fawn was glad to attend “the culture night” every Monday night at 6:30 pm at Native Child and Family Toronto. She saw lots of children there.Native Child and Family Services of TorontoMission: -For children and families in TO Native Community -Life of quality -Well being -Caring & healing -Creating a services model thatCulture-based -Respect -Values of Native peoplesEligibility: children and their familiesHow to Apply: attend every Monday night at 6:30 pmFees: Free Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible building including main entranceService Description: native culture eventsOrganization Type: Non Profit ; Registered Charityhttp://www.nativechild.org/
Fawn and her mom could have the ceremony on the roof garden.There was “sweating room” going inside and get sweat to release the bad sprits. They could do the smudging on the roof garden.
Fawn would like to go to there because she played with other toddlers there and could get some treats before she left. Ontario Foundation for Visually Impaired ChildrenEligibility: -Children birth-5 years with visual impairment -eye report from an ophthalmologist requiredHow to Apply: Referral through Toronto Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program 416-338-8255 Fees: Free Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible building including main entrance and barrier free washrooms Service Description: --Family and Community Resource Program -- sensory and developmental assessment and programming --family support and guidance --community support program for children birth-5 years,preschool for children 2-5 years --transportation availableOrganization Type: Non Profit ; Registered Charityhttp://www.211toronto.ca/
Self-Reflection This was not the difficult assignment, but it was the special one. After I read the rubric, there was a word caught my eyes “creative” which stood for the outstanding of the presentation. Therefore, I had spent much time to think how to make my presentation be “Creative”. Finally, I came up with the idea of making a story. In the story I talked about Fawn and her family, Introduction to the individual special need, meeting the needs in the center, and suggest 2 agencies. Through these processes, I have learned to think in-depth, how to make the better live for her and her family. The agencies which I chose one was for maintain her native heritage, the other was for helping her deal with her difficulties of seeing. My strengths were: I tried my best to make the presentation to be vivid, such as telling a story, using few words but some pictures in order to catch audiences'’ attentions and interests. Also, I did not make the presentation too long. The needs of my assignment were: I started to do my assignment late. I could find more good pictures in every slides. All over the world, there are many children who are with special needs. They need our concern and help. As a ECE student, finally, I would meet many children, and they might come from different cultures. Understanding will be the basic need, but still, I should carefully observe them and then provide more appropriate caring and helping. “the Little Girl and Starfish” telling me: although I cannot help all the children who are with special needs, I do my best to care and help the children around me, which still is the way to contribute to the world.
A little story about fawn
A LITTLE STORY ABOUT FAWNB Y : L E YA O ( L I L L I A N ) H U A
3. MEETING FAWN’S NEEDS (C)Helping Fawn’s family
4. FUN PLACE 1 (AGENCY 1ST )NATIVE CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES OFTORONTO“the culture night”every Monday night at 6:30 pmCENTRAL OFFICE30 College Street, Toronto ON M5G 1K2(west of Yonge Street on the north side)SCARBOROUGH FAMILY LIFE CENTRE156 Galloway Rd. Scarborough, ONM1E1X2http://www.nativechild.org/
4. FUN PLACES 2 (AGENCY 2ND )ONTARIO FOUNDATION FOR VISUALLY IMPAIREDCHILDREN375 Colborne Lodge Dr, Toronto, ON M6S 2Z7Toronto West (Keele St and Bloor St W)http://www.ofvic.org/
WISHINGWishing Fawn all the best asshe was growing up …
5. SELF-REFLECTION• Outcome• Strengths• Needs• GC&E outcome• What I would do as an ECE
BIBLIOGRAPHYCourse reading packageInclusion of Children with Special NeedsReading package (part one –part three)Course code: ECEP 233Centennial Collegehttp://www.211toronto.ca/Gatekeeper?WebAppId=fht&RequestedSubmitAction=OrgInfo&searchKey=orgid&searchType=featured&searchValue=MET0786&searchAZSubject=&searchValuePrev=eng_32&startIndex=101&sortBy=name&displayOption=&boolOption=&totalCount=268&recordPosition=138http://www.ofvic.org/http://connectability.ca/