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Service Learning with Under-Privileged Children :

Service Learning with Under-Privileged Children Makenna Klanot Makennak@knights.ucf.edu 07/15/2018 EEX 3241

Introduction to the Host Setting:

Introduction to the Host Setting Marriage and Family Research Institute: Research project to help local families with financial needs, marriage problems, finding a job and finding money Location: UCF Programs: Workshops to teach these families how to manage their money, make a resume, solve marriage problems and more Childcare is provided while the parents are in these workshops In the childcare program, children are fed, have toys and games to play with, they watch movies and do arts and crafts

Introduction to the Host Setting:

Introduction to the Host Setting Demographics: ½ are Spanish workshops (Hispanics and Mexicans) ½ are English workshops (about 50% black and 50% white) Few Asians and Middle Easterns attend the English workshops Children are from age 0-12 and make up the same demographics as the participants There are both singles and couples workshops, the singles workshops are comprised on mainly females

Introduction to the Host Setting:

Introduction to the Host Setting There can be anywhere between 1 and 25 children depending on who attend the workshops There are usually more children in attendance when there is a couples workshop About 15 singles attend the singles workshops and about 10 couples attend the couples workshops Pictures are not allowed to be taken of any of the children or participants here and data is not allowed to be taken from the building (everything is confidential because people’s information is being used)

Engagement Activities:

Engagement Activities The community that is being helped is the lower income community Activities: Childcare Did arts and crafts with them based off of the theme of the week (For example, on week was ocean themed and we made “ocean in a jar” with water, food dye, glitter, fish stickers and beads) Played games with the children (board games, Wii, Barbies , Cars, Doctor, soccer, Legos, building blocks and more!) 4 times a week for 4 hours a day with children aged 0-12 and other childcare workers

Engagement Activities:

Engagement Activities Working with disabilities: During the workshops, there would be children with all different types of disabilities in attendance with the other children The disabilities that I worked with were; children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Sensory Disorders, ADHD and Cerebral Palsy I included these children when playing with the others, if certain accommodations where needed, I would add them (for example, helping them each, getting them away of too much simulation or just talking to them to calm them down )

Participant Demographics:

Participant Demographics Demographics are stated on the “Introduction to the host setting page” I.D.E.A I served over 20 persons with disabilities in this project. When working with the children, we accepted any type of child, which brought in many children with disabilities. Autism was the most common on that I worked with

Service in Action:

Service in Action Pictures are not allowed to be taken of participants or children directly Pictures of childcare room and crafts done by children are provided

Service in Action:

Service in Action

Service in action:

Service in action

Perceptions of Differences:

Perceptions of Differences I have always had a passion for working with children with disabilities and have done it many times before I would get very happy and excited when I saw that a child with any type of disability would be attending the workshop I found that sometimes I would get nervous when we would get a child with a disability that I had never heard of before I discovered that children with Down Syndrome are my favorite to work with

Perceptions of Differences:

Perceptions of Differences I also discovered that children with Autism can be very difficult to work with, however, (not to boast), but I find that I have a knack to working with children with Autism, I am very good at it With this, I learned that there are just different ways you need to talk to children with Autism, you also have to be aware of their surroundings because they can get over-stimulated and over-whelmed very easily One thing that made me very happy that I observed was that children to not see differences, they play with children of all types of disabilities and don’t even realize that they are “different”

Perceptions of Differences:

Perceptions of Differences Also, while working with these children with disabilities, I discovered that this is what I really want to do in life These children really inspire me and my love for them grows everyday This has also made me realize that everyone is important no matter what and no one should be ridiculed or excluded if they have a disability, every NEEDS to be treated equally

Connections to Your Course:

Connections to Your Course EEX 4231 What three course topics do you better understand now? Be sure to name three concepts, explain each briefly (cite text where appropriate), and provide a concrete example from your service activities for each topic. I better understand how to talk to children with disabilities (especially students with Autism) I also understand that these children do need more attention and help with certain tasks I have found that these children are both intelligent and creative and they do not let their disability get in the way of their life

Connections to Your Course:

Connections to Your Course This experience will definitely help my future teaching career I want to work with children with disabilities, especially Down Syndrome, so I have learned a lot about that when working with these children I also want to work with low income children in Title One schools, so working with this research project that does this, also taught me a lot and gave me a great learning experience

Civic Engagement:

Civic Engagement I have now realized that civic engagement and volunteering is so important. One can learn so much about the world, people and themselves when doing this. You also gain this amazing feeling and a sense of hope when volunteering I will be volunteering as much as I can now I think that civic engagement can really bring people together from all different backgrounds and disabilities. It can show all of our similarities, rather than focusing on our differences I think that it makes the world and the people in it a better one, a more connected one and a happier one Everyone should participate in civic engagement

Civic Engagement:

Civic Engagement I think that service-learning is the best type of learning there is, I believe that experience is what teaches you the most This experience has 100%, motivated me to be more engaged in the future. I felt so good about myself when I was working with these people. I was so happy when I saw how much I positively affected their lives and I want to feel this again I definitely encourage students and teachers to embrace service learning in the future because it can do more than a professor can ever lecture about or teach in a classroom. It is an experience that everyone needs to have in order to grow their minds

Final Thoughts & Reflections:

Final Thoughts & Reflections In order to have a greater understanding and empathy towards people with disabilities, I believe that others should simply work with them and be around them. They need to see how amazing these people are and that they aren’t different than us. They also need to learn that they are people too, just like us, nothing less Teachers show us that anyone can learn now matter their background or if they have a disability. They show that anyone can work with or be around these people. They show that “normal” people can work fine with them as well Teachers are truly one of the most important jobs to society and are really doing a lot to help change the outlook of the people in it

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