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January 7th, 2008, 08:03 AM
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Welcome to the board. I am Jennifer, mommy to Alexis, 5 years old with VI, autism, moderate MR, and currently in special ed K.

What grade(s) do you teach? Do you teach in an inclusion class in a regular school, or is it a special ed school?
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January 8th, 2008, 08:55 PM
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Hi! I'm Lisa, mom to 3: Candice (12), Rodney (8), and Kristian (1). Candice is LD, Rodney has Down Syn. and I'm a special education teacher.
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January 10th, 2008, 09:00 AM
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Hi and thanks for the welcome...

I teach a self-contained Life Skills class in a general education school. My students are typically pretty significantly delayed and require a lot of support. I teach everything from potty training to the basics in letter recognition to social skills. I teach grades K through 3. I try to get my students included as much as possible. I am a big believer in the inclusion process ...but it has to be done right. The inclusion process is fairly new to my district and many gen ed teachers resist having special needs students in their classes. They just don't understand how powerful this experience can be to a child with significant disabilities. There are some teachers however...who are naturals at accepting and working with my students. Thank God for them!!

What is everyone elses experiences with inclusion? I'm curious to know from a parents perspective as well. A lot of my parents (not all) are fearful of the process...that their child will experience teasing, etc....so they shy away from having their child included as much as possible. I can understand these fears. How do you all feel about this?

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January 11th, 2008, 09:53 PM
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Hi and thanks for the welcome...

I teach a self-contained Life Skills class in a general education school. My students are typically pretty significantly delayed and require a lot of support. I teach everything from potty training to the basics in letter recognition to social skills. I teach grades K through 3. I try to get my students included as much as possible. I am a big believer in the inclusion process ...but it has to be done right. The inclusion process is fairly new to my district and many gen ed teachers resist having special needs students in their classes. They just don't understand how powerful this experience can be to a child with significant disabilities. There are some teachers however...who are naturals at accepting and working with my students. Thank God for them!!

What is everyone elses experiences with inclusion? I'm curious to know from a parents perspective as well. A lot of my parents (not all) are fearful of the process...that their child will experience teasing, etc....so they shy away from having their child included as much as possible. I can understand these fears. How do you all feel about this?

Marcella[/b]
I teach 3-5 grade learning disabled (I have taught k- adult GED). I like inclusion!!! It has worked for the majority of my students. The major thing is getting good, experienced teachers. My ds is significantly delayed and he was relegated to a segregated school. My dh now homeschools him and takes him to many things with regular ed kids and Rodney is just blooming!
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January 14th, 2008, 10:55 AM
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I am definately all ofr the inclusion, like you said, as long as its done correctly. Alexis is significantly delayed and is in a k-2 special ed class, and child and subject permitting, each child is included in regular classes as much as possible. I think its a great way to challenge her and allow her to interact with other children, not just ones with special needs.
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