Posted by Angela Jarvis
on July 18, 2000 at 18:16:21:
In Reply to: Re: Best place in U.S. for children with Downsyndrom posted by Jessica on December 22, 1999 at 08:13:01:
: I also have a beautiful daughter with DS. She is 14 MO. We live in a wonderful small town in Michigan called Napoleon. We are only 20 minutes from the Intermediate Scool District which has an excellent Early Intervention program with wonderful teachers. I also recently learned that our local school system, though small, is one of the best in the state in terms of inclusion (mainstreaming). I have been extremely impressed with the way they run things. I have a "normal" 9 year old who is in what they call the "team-teaching" setting, where she is able to work in groups with the 'disabled' children. I think it benefits all the children, because the 'normal' children are learning by teaching. Good luck in your decision!!
Angela here mother of Daniel cute one year old with DS. I too have been asking myself the same question. I wish we had more best practices to drive services. One worrying trend for me is to get services grouped together in mixed dissability groupings without reflection in group curriculum of the learning styles and challenges of DS population. We are all individuals but know our DS kids share common challenges infirst three years. Services were recently changed in Oregon from cross trained DS team with lots of expertise and lively parent group to geograophic base . We are told that mixed grouping is more inclusive. I wish for inclusion at school and preschool but think changes at early intervention level should be research driven. Anyone heard of best practice suggestions?