I’ve never really known how to handle the inclusion question. I was reluctant to push for a general ed setting given he still functions academically at a preschool level though his speech is pretty good for a kid with Down Syndrome.
The parents who I’ve seen implement a good level of inclusion often have the time to be very involved at the school. Given we still have a large amount of various medical appointments and that I homeschool my daughter who has severe learning disabilities, it’s hard to be at the school that often. I told the school at the last IEP meeting I wanted to increase the time with General Ed peers to about 30%, at least for some specials. There is a general ed home economics class that might be a good fit as Nicolas has already announced he wants to work in a restaurant when he grows up.We mutually decided to give him a few months to transition to the new environment. I know I’ll have to bring it up come November or so.
I met with the teacher and assistant at the open house last week. One month in and the transition is going very well. He has a buddy from elementary school with him and they are always together. It’s a bigger class than where he came from. They have a great group of peers who come in and work with them, including two football players whom Nicolas calls “cool guys.”
Nicolas is quite a little Casanova already and seems to be good at getting the attention of the little girls in his classes. I’m so not ready to go there!
So, it’s still pretty early but so far so good.