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Lesson Plans

Merry's Not-so-funny

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Ckart (
Thu, 2 May 1996 21:14:41 -0600

>incident with her student, I had so many feelings going through my mind. The
>most important one, however, was frustration with a minor hint of rage.
> While a doctoral student at OSU, I had
>the absolute pleasure of working with a little autistic boy who opened my
>eyes, ears, and heart to this tragic disease. I, too, experienced the same
>exact incident - numerous times - that you did in your classroom. However,
>before working with him, I did take time to learn about autism, the unique
>characteristics of this disease, and the common challenges that I might face
>while working with him. One of those characteristics is self-pleasure.
So, I was prepared for this kind
>of thing when it occured. On the other hand, I didn't look at Greg and say
>"YIKES" and consider it a "funny story".

With inclusion becoming the norm, and as you experienced this numerous
times, I'm left wondering, how did you handle it? I understand your hint of
rage, but given the public nature of the classroom and the age of the boy,
what suggestions would you make for handling a situation like this?