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Oh everything comes in its own special size

I guess it can be measured by where you put your eyes

It’s so big when you’re close

And it looks smaller back a bit

That’s about the size of it.

Do yourself a favor and have a look at this sweet little video.

I loved Sesame Street when my children were small and I love it even more now that they are grown up and I see what horrors of despair and consumerism are being  inflicted upon this generation’s version of my own dear darlings.

Because Sesame Street wasn’t just about educational TV or about making learning fun. It was also about profound moral truth, about understanding life from a child’s perspective and about bringing the wisdom of parents to the challenges of the day (whatever day it happened to be).

That’s About The Size Of It” is a perfect example on so many levels.

Special education is all about perspective – about understanding where we want to be and how we are going to get there; about knowing how to move from Point A to Point B; about understanding that we need to break the journey down into small manageable steps and then begin.

It’s so big when you’re close.

How do you help a child with CP to learn to dress himself? What a huge and daunting task.

Teacher helping small boy learn to take off his jacket

And it looks smaller back a bit

Break it down!
We know how to do this. Getting dressed – that casual thing you do every day without thought or effort – is actually a series of discrete, specific steps. Master one and you’re on to the next. and the next. And the next.
Teacher claps for small boy for getting his jacket off
That’s about the size of it.
It really is. And the beauty is – it works in every sphere.
Communication skills?  – take them one at a time. Visual timetables! Social stories! One thing at a time. Overwhelming amounts of work to complete? Break it down. Make a list.
Mark my words: the sky will be the limit.
That’s about the size of it.
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  • Mamta

    absolutely lovely!!!!..thank you!

  • Tejal

    how beautiful and true :-) I am so glad I made a list of my things to do today and the day all of sudden looks bigger where I still have time to read through your lovely blog between my daily work :-)

    A big hug :-)

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