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Teaching Students in Inclusive Classrooms
Teachers often build inclusive classrooms for mainstream children to develop better social skills, self discipline, higher self esteem, encourage academic competence or to support special ed students with IEPs through Universal Design in education curriculum, modifying lesson plans and peer support.
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15-Year-Old Ryan Burke Inspires Notre Dame College Prep
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2009 National Down Syndrome Congress(NDSC)Convention
Compendium Weblinks at YoMammaMamma
New York Times August 24, 2009
For Parents on NICU, Trauma May Last
Network for Inclusive Catholic Educators (N.I.C.E.)
Fall 2009 Conference
Advocate mom and writer Terri Mauro has a new book:
_Fifty Ways to Support your Child's Special Education: From IEPs
to Assorted Therapies, An Empowering Guide to Taking Action, Every Day_
She has a booksigning in Clifton NJ on Thursday, 9/10/09 at 7pm
Clifton Commons Barnes & Noble, Clifton Commons, 395 Route 3 East
Terri explained why she wrote her latest book:
"I think it's easy for parents of kids in special education to feel
cut off from their children's school experience. The process of
putting together an IEP (Individualized Education Program) can
be intimidating and scary.
Sometimes your child is bused to a school outside your
neighborhood, so you don't get that normal drop-off pick-up contact.
If your child isn't in a mainstream setting, you may not have a
good idea of what goes on in the classroom -- it doesn't relate
to your personal experience, or your experience with your
other kids. Your child may not be as involved in school activities
due to disabilities and lack of opportunity. I think a lot of
parents feel cut off, but if anything, children with special needs
need us to be more involved, not less. I'm suggesting 50 ways
that parents can plug back in and get involved ..."
Terri's previous book was
_The Everything Parent's Guide To Sensory Integration
Disorder: Get the Right Diagnosis, Understand Treatments,
and Advocate for Your Child_
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Pamela Wilson, Special Needs Children Editor
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