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"Today I received a paraplegic student. He arrived
with an aide. He cannot
speak and has no use of his limbs. She said he was
there at the request of
his father for socialization."
I had a similar situation one time. I teach middle
school and these students can be cruel at times but
will surprise you when you least expect. At first it
was awkward, then we found "Sam" could communicate a
lot with his facial expressions. He worked with other
students on several projects. They would ask his
opinion about the lines and colors to be used. He was
very bright and would catch jokes that others missed.
He was a joy and we missed him on days when he was out
of school for one reason or other.
Give the student a chance and you might be surprised
at what he can contribute with use of limbs or voice.
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