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I am the Momma of 8 children. Seven here on earth and 1 precious little Angel in Heaven. My children range in age from 2 months to 25 years. My 6 year old was born with a laundry list of complex medical conditions. He has Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome), a rare brain malformation, which resulted from a mutation of the PAX-6 gene, bilateral anophthalmia, which means that he was born without any eyes, so he is totally blind. At the age of 2 1/2 months old he had to have a tracheostomy to help aid in his breathing. He is hearing impaired, with normal hearing in his left ear and has profound deafness in his right. At 3 1/2 years he had surgery to have a Mic-Key button placed in his stomach (feeding Tube), which is mainly used to give him his medications. He also has insulin dependant diabetes and wears an insulin pump, which gives him a continuous dose of insulin. Even with his many dis"abilities," including being globally developmentally delayed, he has accomplished more than anyone would have ever believed that he could. Join us in our journey living with a Dis"Abled" child....

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Teaching Peers About Their Special Friends

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.


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