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Posted by Vicky on April 22, 2000 at 10:30:01:

In Reply to: New girl in school posted by Laura on April 17, 2000 at 17:58:56:

Laura,

I agree with Lavon! I am thrilled to hear of parents with "normal" children who want their child to learn how to be a friend to any child
with any disability. My little girl, Kimberlee,
is five and in an Inclusive Preschool Program
and it has been wonderful for her, but it has also
been good for the regular ed. children as well.Even before Kimberlee was born, I have
always felt that non-disabled children can learn
a great deal from disabled children. Spending time with anyone different fosters an acceptance
of others and discourages prejudice. Here in SC
we are emphasizing the importance of character
education. I think including children with disabilities in regular education programs is a great way to build character in all of our children.

Also, in helping young children to understand DS,
there are a number of books for children about it.
One that I used with my son when Kimberlee was
born is entitled "My Brother has Down Syndrome."
The author's last name is Kairo, I believe.

At any rate, May God richly bless you and yours!
Good Luck and thank you for having compassion and
concern for others!

Vicky

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