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Posted by Jessica on May 31, 2000 at 10:40:36:

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

: Hello, My sister and I are coming to the parents with Down Syndrome for advice. My sister is a first grade teacher with no prior special ed experience, but guess what she is going to have a child with Downs in her classroom. Please give any advice you can on where she can find material to read, what parents with Downs children want their children to experience in school, and any other advice you would like to share. We need your help!!!! We only have three monthes to plan for next year and we want to make next year a great school year for every student in her classroom. Thanks Cindy


Hi! Congrats to your sister! First, my advice to her would be "Relax"!!!
Second, parents of a child with Ds want the same things for our kids as every other parent. We just hold a slightly different timeline. We want our kids to learn to read, though I have heard that sight reading is easier for children with Ds than phonics. We want our kids to learn about money, how to tell time, all the things that ordinary first graders learn.
We also want our kids to make friendships in school. She should teach all the children tolerance!!! Luckily, she will be teaching the kids before they learn too much prejudice. First graders tend to be fairly accepting.
We also want our kids to learn responsibility, having to complete assignments and sit quietly in their seats in the appropriate times.
There are some wonderful books available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other large book retailers. Just do a search on the site for Ds, and you will be amazed at what you will find.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me!

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