Anyone having success with true Inclusion?

Question:If so, can you give examples of the support systems you put in place for your child. What's working? What's not? Any website to visit for these examples? I have an 8 year old and we are struggling with inclusion. Every year he is receiving less and less inclusion with other students and more in a special ed setting. Thanks!




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My child is included and is going to be in first grade this year. There is an aide who assists him along with 2 others to stay on task, assists with visual supports and transitioning from task to task. So this coming year will be very telling regarding whether he continues to be able to be included for most activities. His resource time is so far in the classroom (the spec. educ. teacher comes in and works with him there, so in a way it's still being pulled, but not to another room). I don't know if it's true inclusion but it's the best we could get at this point. My son's difficulties lie in auditory comprehension and social skills. Academically he is the same or ahead of the others at this point in reading and math. Time will tell how this changes. I don't know of a website that would help. I wish I could help.
Yes, when the child gets older, depending on the type of disability, it does tend to go the way of less and less inclusion. For instance, developmental disabilities can usually start out fully included in the classroom but then as they get older they tend to get taken out as they can not even do a parallell curriculum. If you can give me the nature of your childs disability I can help you more. Is it behavior, learning, developmental, or physical?
My son is severely disabled in areas of speech, cognitive understanding, etc. His motor skills are great. We have really push to get him into the classroom with his peers, this has probably been his best year yet. We know he cannot keep up, but my belief is the repetition of hearing the information. what is or is not getting in we may never know, but even for him the school should be more than a babysitter, which is what many schools try to become for them rather than truly trying to help them. We have a team at the school that we work with, but then we have also gone outside the school and developed a team. He has a family support specialist provided by the state that heads the team, he has a speech therapist, occupational therapist, a hab aid, and a respite provider all of them working together with the team at school to design the best possible setting for him. The school didn't like it at first because the outside team pulled the strings, and they had to abide by their decision for his education. Good luck, and fight for your child, do not let the school call the shots.
The law says that he should be including as much as possible with his peers. If he is getting less, maybe it is because he is requiring more one on one. If you do not like it, you as the parent have the right to have it changed.

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