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Posted by Vicky on June 02, 2000 at 16:37:29:

In Reply to: Teacher needs Advice posted by Cindy on May 31, 2000 at 04:16:54:

Cindy,

I have a wonderful little girl, age 5 with Down Syndrome and I am also a Speech Therapist for the public school district in our area. Kimberlee has been in an all-inclusive preschool at her school and it has been a wonderful year. All of the children have benefited from this program.

I would suggest that you do an internet search on the word "inclusion". You will find lots of information on how to go about accomodating special needs children into the regular classroom. As a parent and an educator,
I would suggest that, if possible, meet with the
parent prior to school beginning on a personal, casual basis and find out what their expectations are and what they hope to accomplish for this year. Letting that parent know that you care about his/her child and being interested is a great place to start in order to begin the school year on a positive note. Many parents are afraid
that a regular ed. teacher really doesn't want the child in their class to begin with, so a positive rapport between parent and teacher is essential. Good Luck and I wish you all the best!

Vicky

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