Wich kind of school for special needs kid-regular(inclusive) or special?
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Heather - posted on 04/27/2011
It depends a lot on the child and the school, honestly. I have a daughter with autism who was mainstreamed in a regular class past the point where it was really beneficial to her. I've also observed plenty of special education classrooms that would not have been a good fit for her either. Your best bet is to go and observe as many programs as you can, talk to the teachers and make the best choice after that point.
Lucy - posted on 09/14/2011
if you live in the enfield area and you live near elsinge, turkey street or anywhere in enfield you can go to durants school only if a child goes is 10 or over and has autism or aspergers syndrome.
if you have another disability or even autism you can also send autitic people to these schools as well.
. go to Oaktree special needs school
Westbury special needs school.
Jane - posted on 04/28/2011
My son has a normal IQ but has behavioral, sensory, and emotional issues. For him inclusive has been best as long as he has some place to go when it gets too chaotic for him or he starts to lose it. The availability has varied from school to school but at the moment things are working well. He has two special ed classes (math and English), two regular classes, 1 behavioral class, and 1 "class" as the assistant to the football coach. Whenever he starts to have problems in his four academic classes he can go (with permission!) to the behavioral class, where there are three paras to help him.
He gets to interact with his peers, not as well as I would like, but at least he is exposed to typical teens. He has exposure to regular classes and school expectations, but before he ends up melting down he has a safe zone.
If my son had severe mental retardation I would consider a special school for him. We have a high school in our district that works with educable but low IQ kids, teaching them life skills such as cleaning, shopping, self care, and so on. They graduate at age 21 and either stay at home or move to group homes of some sort.
I think it strongly depends on the child, as well as how good your district is at dealing with the needs of special ed students.
Jenny - posted on 04/28/2011
My daughter is mainstreamed. She spends some of her day in the special ed classroom and some of her day in the 1rst grade classroom with her peers. She receives OT, PT and speech at school also. The have adapted things in the regular classroom to fit her needs. For example she is very small and her feet do not touch the ground at her desk. If her feet dangle her legs don't work, she has poor circulation due to her CP, and she is not able to sit with out sliding down in her chair. Her 1rst grade teacher found a stool for her to put her feet on she they are not dangling. All the 1 rst grade students love to be Clare's partner, to walk with her to the special ed classroom or to sit next to her at lunch and help her open her lunch box. She is enjoying it. She does the specials with the 1 rst graders but some things she does with the kindergardeners. Like recess. She is only able to go to school for a half day due to fatigue so she does her recess with the kindergardeners before she comes home. I think inclusive in most instances is best because than the kids don't feel isolated and they are able to reach there potential more. Also as my dad explains it to me, he use to be a special ed counselor and teacher, the child's IEP lets them have a curriculum that fits that child. My daughter is not at a first grade level of learning but she is learning at her pace. You want to look at what is going to be least restrictive for your child. What is going to allow your child to reach their potential. Our kids want to be like everyone else and to do things and try things like other kids. They may not be the best but they are out their giving it their all and that is what is important for any child to reach their full potential. And every child's full potential is different no matter if they are special needs or not.
Heather - posted on 04/28/2011
My daughter is in 4th grade now and is in the regular classroom for all but 90 min a day. She has her own set up in the reg ed room, that way she gets to spend her time with her peers. I think this is better for her and she has learned more! All the kids in her class do get involved with her learning and help her with what she needs. I love this because it makes me feel better knowing she isn't isolated from the rest of the kids.
Sharonda - posted on 04/28/2011
My husband and I tried both for our son. We wanted to see where he fits best. He did the special which isolated from his age level activities. So we thought that since he has excellent communication with his peers with no behavioral issues he is best fit to be in inclusive. He loves it because he can be more involved in the 3rd grade activities outside of his special educational services. Check out this website: http://www.kidstogether.org/inclusion/be...
Melissa - posted on 04/27/2011
I agree that it depends on the child. For the special educaion program at this school, the kids don't qualify unless they have an academic or behavioral issue. So they would automatically go into a regular classroom. All fo our kids will be mainstreamed this year, but I am a little concerned over it. If my children had more severe delays or behaviors that required intensive therapy, I would put them into a special school.
Jeanette - posted on 04/27/2011
I agree with Heather also. I have a 5 year old with Down syndrome and recently my 8 year old was diagnosed with Aspberger's disorder. But with my 5 year old, I met with EVERYONE! I did NOT want him in "inclusive" kindergarten. There was no way it would benefit him. He really needed another year of preschool. But 2 weeks before school started, they did away with all but 5 preschool classes. so all school aged children would go to kindergarten. And the there was only 1 class for him...in another district! So, I met with the program director and teachers,. therapists...and I took my aunt (I have a 36 year old cousin with DS) and her daughter (she teaches Special Ed) to visit with me. They felt my son should be okay! And I can't tell you have much he has grown over the last year! Keeping him in a Special Ed class was the best move for him. He will be there for summer school and next year. He mainstreams for morning routine, music and gym. That is all I will allow! It just worked out that there are 5 kids in his class and 4 are in wheelchairs and basically non verbal. They come with their own aide so he has a one on one. You are your child's best advocate. You need to find out what works best for your child. My cousin was mainstreamed and my aunt fought with them to put him back in Special ed. because of behavioral issues and such. Every child is different. some kids can function in a normal classroom setting. I know that my son cannot. Good luck!
Constance - posted on 04/27/2011
I have seen both sides inclusive and mainstream. My oldest was inclusive until the four grade but she was severely delayed in every aspect of he growth. Now she is a feshman in high school and is in all A.P. classes and she has held an average of 97% in all classes. I do agree with Heather meet teachers look at the programs to find the best fit for your child. remember you are your childs voice and if you don't feel something is good for your child then make it known and push untilyou get it.
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