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Multiple Strategies to Success

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I had a fully included student in kindergarten for 2 years (she was a young 5 the first year). She was wheelchair bound and non-verbal as a result of cerebral palsy. She was one of the class and the other students included her in all activities. I learned that I had to ask questions and more questions, try different things, and even be ready to try something new or bizarre because the standard suggestions usually didn't work.

My strategies 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 not able to do.

The benefit to having a full inclusion student was evident. She interacted and got all the richness of a regular classroom and the students were able to see 'disabilities' not as scary, but as a challenge to overcome.


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