"Our experiences look a little different on the outside, but our hearts are full on the inside."
Surviving the Holidays: One Deep Breath at a Time
blog contributors: Holly Terei, Jenna Chung & Katie Braselton
"I also feel that there is just no amount of professional development training's that could ever be enough to prepare me completely for the task at hand.
There are many, many things that can cause an inclusion classroom to fail or succeed. Inclusion requires the highest level of teamwork school-wide and within the classroom, an extreme amount of patience, flexibility, a constant desire and drive to be better than the day, week, or month before, and a lot of passion..."
Inclusion: Through a Teacher's Eyes
by: Marina Gallop
All this school work sure made Jacob hungry... HUNGRY FOR SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS! Long, slimy noodles covered in dark red tomato sauce. Jacob loves to eat the noodles one by one, WITH HIS HANDS! Once all the noodles are gone, Jacob will eat ALL the big, juicy meatballs. Oh, how he can't wait!
- Excerpt from "Jacob the Flapping Dinosaur Goes to School"
What you will need:
Developmental and therapeutic support provided through this bin:
- Role Playing (Pretending to be a chef, a server or Jacob!)
- Hand/Eye Coordination (Use of fork and spoon, arranging a plate)
- Basic Life Skills (Preparing a meal, cleaning up after a meal)
- Language Development (Discussing steps to preparing a meal, encouraging conversation at the dinner table and talking about Jacob's favorite meal!)
"But what does inclusion – whether in the classroom, social programs, or in the world of employment – actually look like? That’s where there still seems to be some struggle. As a mom of a kiddo with special needs, I’ve seen both sides: true inclusion and what I call pseudo-inclusion, which often gets mistaken for inclusion..."
True Inclusion: It’s More Than You Think
by: Stacey Cheney