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Re: special needs student


Date: Thu Sep 27 2001 - 17:07:00 PDT

In a message dated 9/27/01 7:16:29 AM Central Daylight Time, writes:

<< I'm starting to feel like they think art class is a nothing crafty place
and this girl can just sit and absorb, nothing lost. That's not the way I
feel. I want her where she can learn about art, learn to create and use art.
      Any suggestions? Ideas? Opinions? ARGHH!!!!!!!!
 Sally^.^ >>

Oh My! This sounds alot like my situation with a special needs student that
I was going to write about but was having trouble putting his exact problem
into words.
Bryce is very short for his age - has multiple retardations due to birth
defects. He
cannot speak clearly - mostly just vocalizes - during my instructions and when
I have asked class to be quiet. The fifth graders are wonderful to him but
treat him
like a baby with words and extreme kindnesses. He is in art for
socialization but
gets nothing from art - I requested that he be put in the kindergarten where
he would
fit in due to his height and skill level. I was met with horrified looks-
mainstream as
close to his chronilogical age I am told - what about his mental and
emotional age
- they are what is real for him. He scribbles, cannot even trace around
large wooden
objects or round circles. Can color in some stencil shapes and seems pleased
with that. His paraprofessional is doing her best - I have asked that she
take him
out of the class more often when he gets loud but she has been told to keep
in the art classroom. I have grudging permission from Special Ed. head to
set up tables in the hall
and let some of the always on task kids be with him out there to do their
work and
give him the socialization he needs. But this takes them out of the
classroom and
they miss some of the instruction - guess I could stand in the doorway and
instruction This fifth grade is behind the others and much harder to keep on
due to the presence of this child and his loud vocalizing.

I am all for inclusion as long as the child benefits and the other children
do not lose
anything from it - but we need to be realistic and not follow strict
guidelines but bend them for what is best for the child and other children!!!!

Sally when you find the answers please clue me in too. Roberta