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Posted by Cheryl on June 07, 2000 at 10:13:25:

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 Cindy,

It's nice to know that there are teachers out there that are willing to take the time to ask these kinds of questions! The only advice I can give you is treat the child like you do the others! That's what I'm hoping for my son who is 5 with downs syndrome! I want him to be able to have the chances all the others kids have! Knowing that he might not suceed in every chance he's given isn't a problem for me as long as he gets the chance to try! He has two older brothers and I found the only way I could raise him is like I did his brothers! Realizing he doesn't always grasp all concepts at 5 they did, I take my time in explaining over and over which seems to be the best for him! I don't treat him like he's disabled, but like he's able! I expect from him almost like I did his brothers and in turn I think that's why he's excelled as well as he has! I feel with any child if you don't expect them to be able to do something then they don't even try! Wesley is a little boy who trys very hard and when he accomplishes what he working so hard at the look on his face tells me he's just as proud as I am of him*S* Good luck this coming year and I hope that this child teaches the class and his teacher abit about disabilities as much as he will learn from them all!! This is our website we've been working on about him.

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