Message from the Executive Director

Perspectivei26j "'Because it's for you' causes misconception"

@There are various approaches to a child in daily child-raising, childcare, educational treatment and support. If the child accepts it, of course thatfs OK. However, the adult needs to pay attention, because if they feel, gI have to do something for my child.h and their passion is too strong, they canft notice how the child is feeling.

@Here is a specific example. This is a story of one elementary school. A, who is big and has severe intellectual disabilities canft run by herself. At a footrace, two teachers stood on each side of her and held her hands, and a third teacher pushed her back and ran the whole distance with her. When they crossed the goal, the spectators and other teachers all applauded loudly for her. Some people were moved to tears, gEven if they have severe intellectual disabilities, they can do it!h However, following her behavior, I had mixed feelings. This is because she didnft look happy at all. She bit her arm strongly while running from irritation and after crossing the goal, hopped around and cried out. I couldnft see her facial expressions from a distance.

@Another example, B was doing a task called gpuzzle boxh, where blocks in the shape of Z and are put into holes of the same shape. She received the block the member of staff held out, but didnft move. The member of staff held her hand and led her several times, and then she finally could put one. The member of staff praised her heartily saying gYou did it!h gGood job!h. But her facial expression was still serious. She looked elsewhere and didnft seem to be happy at all even when praised. While continuing her task, she gave the staff a wry smile when praised. Afterwards, she bit her fingers in frustration. It seemed that the staff didnft really realize and so didnft seem concerned by her behavior and her facial expressions.

@As in the two examples above, it seems that gMisunderstanding each otherh happens easily when an adult asks a child for a certain effort or result. There are adultsf wishes and values behind it; gI want B to participate somehow.h or gItfs important to do it by yourself.h However, if an adultfs feeling is too strong, it will be difficult to respect a childfs will and accept their feelings from their perspective. And if an adult and a child continue misunderstanding each other, the child will gradually develop a sense of distrust and suspicion (against adultsf expectation) and not be willing to respond to their approach.

@Therefore, we would like to consider what kind of things a child can become interested in and pay attention to their facial expressions and attitude when they are working on it. We aim to support the cultivation of a childfs positive feelings while distinguishing the extent of their satisfaction and understanding.

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