Saturday, May 21, 2011

Inclusion That Works

Last year, GB was in a regular, first grade class. She was bullied, lonely, unhappy and hated school. This year GB is in a self-contained class with 7 autistic boys, ranging for one to four years older then her. This year, GB is learning, happy, and included.

I had assumed that choosing a self-contained class was giving up on inclusion. I was wrong.

Last night, GB's school had their annual talent show. GB was so excited and insisted on going. "All my friends are in it", she insisted over and over. So her Dad took her. GB came home glowing. Her Dad came home amazed. Children of all ages smiled and said hello, stopped to talk to her, and sat near her. During the show, GB was able to tell him what the next act was, who was in it and how she knew them.

My GB is part of her school.

6 comments:

Katydid said...

That is amazing!!!! I am soo happy for her! I have to admit I got a bit teary over this one :)

Denise said...

I'm so happy for GB! What a great experience for her. We've had the same sort of experience with my son. He's homeschooled but he goes to an after-school class for kids with autism. It's so amazing to see him have friends and to be included. Best of all is the enthusiasm, which sure wasn't there before.

Amanda said...

It's one of the best feelings ever. To me, it makes all the sacrifices worth it.

JB said...

What an excellent example of true inclusion; the child gets the education she needs/deserves and is still part of her school community. Congrats

Thandi said...

Wow,your post brought tears to my eyes!

Jen said...

Wow, that is really great. And so my dream. K is in the regular 1st grade class, and SO unhappy. I have been lobbying to get her moved to the aba class, but they refuse. They want her to have a "typical school experience" and just keep throwing more support at her...which does nothing.