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by Jean Crockett | Professor and Director of the School of Special Education, School Psychology, & Early Childhood Studies, University of Florida
“When Alan joined my class in September, I knew he needed help.
“So did I.
“Alan had lived in an orphanage ever since he was an infant and faced many challenges: he was older than the other kids and did not want to play with them. He didn’t use words – although he could make sounds. He was very different from his classmates and stayed to himself.
“But then, every afternoon he was a bundle of energy, imitating the barking of a dog and crawling on the floor around his classmates at circle time. He also had a passion for shredding my teaching materials.”