Timmy has been in school now for 8 weeks. (He attends year round school). My experience with our local school system goes back almost 20 years. I have to say, I'm veeery impressed with the staff at the school at which Timmy attends. Timmy's teacher AWESOME! Mrs. Bishop believes that it is very improtant to help the other students in the school to understand how their special friends learn and what technigues are used to help them learn.
Each week or so a different class, from Kindergarteners thru fifth graders come into Mrs. Biships class to work along side and help out their special friends. It is truly amazing to watch these "typical" children being so caring, patient, understanding and eager to help, while learning about their special friends. It is so heart warming to see these children bonding and connecting with their special friends, through simple activities like pushing their wheelchair to the lunch room, reading them a story, working on craft activities or helping Mrs. Bishop put together their folders that are sent home nightly.
Here is a video that Mrs. Bishop put together with the help of her 2 oldest children, who also attend the same school as Timmy. Mrs. Bishop uses this video to help the younger children to understand exactly what goes on in her classroom each day and how her students learn.