Intercultural experiences and how they can lead to parent-educator challenges
Arno started at the English speaking kindergarten at age 6, and it quickly became apparent that integration was going to be difficult for himself and the family. Arnos’ family were refugees fleeing a war zone where mom and the child had traumatic experiences. The little boy was particularly traumatized by his time there. The family language is Arabic, and they have almost no English, this makescommunicationalmost impossible. Arno joined the group, but quickly developed problems of aggressiongeared towards both the adults and children, sharing was a problem and Arnos solution to conflict was to hit out. Educators reached out to the parents but communication was very difficult, so home school cooperation was limited, and added to that mom and dad were understandably very defensive. However, solutions needed to be found as both educators and children including Arno were at risk and the group as a whole was starting to struggle.
Age: 66 months
Home language: Arabic
Additional language spoken: -