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Multiple Strategies to Success


I have had a fully included student in kindergarten for 2 years now (she was a young 5 the first year) and she will be going to first grade in the fall. I have learned that I have to ask questions and more questions, try different things, and even be ready to try something new or bizarre because the standards suggestions don't usually work. My student is wheel-chair bound and non-verbal as a result of cerebral palsy, however, there is a spark there. She is treated as one of the class and the other students include her in all activities. My strategies have included: enlarging small books for easier visibility, using a name stamp for papers, giving her more time to utter sounds for responses, using larger pencils, crayons or paint brushes, pairing her with another student to read or throw dice or do the activities her body is just not able to do. She gets to do all things and others get to help. The benefit to having a full inclusion student is evident to all. She interacts and gets all the richness of a regular classroom and the students get to see 'disabilities' as not scary, but just a challenge to overcome. My student is very much a part of the class and accepted as such... it's a joy to see.

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