An Uncommon Friendship

Hess, Kristen; Sexton, Sarah
July 2002
YC: Young Children;Jul2002, Vol. 57 Issue 4, p26
Academic Journal
This article describes the friendship between Valerie and Sam, two young children in an inclusive pre-K classroom. Sam is afflicted by pervasive developmental disorder, while Valerie is one of the class leaders. When Sam first enters the classroom, many children were frightened by his unusual and explosive ways. Valerie, however, is fascinated by his every move. Soon, the two became friends. Valerie brought to this relationship her keen curiosity and perceptivity about another's competencies and struggles. Sam brought his engaging intelligence as well as his need to a social interpreter and guide. As in all friendships, their individual interests, skills and needs shaped their interactions. In conclusion, the author states that in early childhood education, teachers work to support children's growing understanding of their social worlds.


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