Shiloh Pepin and her family are working on her social skills.
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Now that Shiloh has adjusted to her unique physical needs, her parents say they want to start working on her social needs. "My daughter is wonderful, but she's a bit bossy," Leslie says. "She has to be a very good advocate for herself in a wheelchair, so she's used to asking people to help her out. [Now we're going to work] on her manners and making sure she does it politely and that she's not going: ''Hey, you! Get out of my way.'"

Shiloh's spent five years in a normal school system, but Leslie says they have to start worrying about name-calling and bullying as she enters 5th grade. "Being in a wheelchair is an isolating experience, and we're trying to get her to interact and have other kids participate with her despite her differences. It takes a lot of work."

FROM: Weeks Before Her Sudden Death: Oprah and the Mermaid Girl
Published on September 22, 2009

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