I will be starting my class talks with the general education classes, which our kids do not take part in, but instead take a sensory break or game break while I push in. I explain with the general education teachers how our kids learn differently and how peers are some of the best helpers. We go over strategies the kids can use to cue each other and what they can do to enhance friendships in their class and reduce bullying behavior. We tie this into our Leader In Me initiative as well. If you have questions, please feel free to ask. Since the beginning of the program at Lakewood class talks give children transparent information which helps them understand different learners and has reduced negative behaviors towards our students. This also displays a team mentality for the kids between their gen ed teacher and myself. They see that she and I have the same expectations and will be upholding the same expectations as well as a "no tolerance" bullying policy. Kids are human and make mistakes, so this is not a perfect system, but it takes some of the secrecy out of our program while maintaining confidentiality. Mrs. Reece and I are committed to this process and enjoy the relationships we see being built throughout the year. We also are always touched at the compassion displayed and showed to our staff as kids "toot their own horns" by telling us how they included our kids, lent a helping hand, or did the right thing because they knew it was the right thing to do. The best is when the gen ed teacher toots their horn and the peer didn't know anyone was watching. Those are great moments we love experiencing.
Don't forget the fun run on Friday! Have a great week everyone!