[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Mainstreaming

  • From: "Kaitlyn Hill" <Kaitlyn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 22:07:02 -0800

HI Kasondra, 

I think that is great the way you are involved in your kids up bringing. 

You made me consider a lot of what went on between my daughter and I as she
grew up. I know at a very young age her and I did a lot together. She was a
early talker so even at the age of between 2 and 3 I remember over hearing
her explaining to her dolls and imaginary play mates about her Mom and how
her eyes were broken. Well, that is the way she put it. Easter of when she
was three and a half she was already comfortable with going out shopping
just with me and her and I kicking around the malls together. IN a reverse
way I educated her in the ideas of everyone is an individual and to accept
others for who they are. 

Over the years I have been more laid back as far as really getting out there
in the community teaching others but I really do try to live my life to the
fullest which is an example. 

Now she is 23 and what is the main part of what she does? Educate parents of
autistic children. She is excellent with the children but she tells me its
the parents she really needs to work with. 

So what we do with our children does go out in the world and make a
difference. I've been through it but parenting doesn't come with a hand
book. Give them love and set a good example and they most likely will fly. 

Katie Hill 
The Reconnection & reiki Healing 
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I have heard all kinds of stories in this area.  Heaven only knows that my
story is one of the weirder ones I have heard because of the range of my
experiences.  Just recently, I sat in my son Andrew's IEP.  He just turned
three years old, and he was preparing to start at the district preschool.  I
told the assembled group that services for young blind kids are much
different now than they were when I was Andrew's age.  The services are more
organized now, and they usually have a defined structure and chain of
command.  That doesn't mean that the service is perfect.  That is why it is
crucial for parents to be involved in the education of their children.  I
get regular reports from Andrew's vision specialist and from the classroom
teachers for both my sons.  The either call me, send notes home, or they
send me emails.  

        When I went to Andrew's IEP, we had a couple grad students from the
university who came to observe.  One of them was a friend of mine from my
Interdisciplinary Training class at the university.  This program brings
students in fields like education, prepharmacy, and psychology, together
with disabled people and/or family members and parents of disabled people.
The students learn about services and different disabilities and how to
interact with people they might work with in their chosen professions.  It
also benefits the other people in the class.  For example, I had some very
bad experiences with social workers, and I developed great prejudices
towards the entire profession.  However, I have the opportunity to help
educate a future social worker in my class.  She will know that blind people
are capable of being good parents, and she won't make snap judgments simply
based on disability.  Someone in the department that works with this class
invited me to participate this year.  It runs both semesters, and so far it
has been great!

        Anyway, one of my fellow students sat in on my IEP for Andrew.  She
enjoyed it, and we talked about it in class the following Friday.  It gave
her the perspective of what happens when parents are involved in the
education system.  I am not saying I have not been perfect, but I try my
hardest to guide my children's education.  Sorry about the rambling nature
of this post.  

By the way, I am trying to get my instructors in my class to let me do a
presentation on library services next semester.  This would of course the
presentation would contain a lot of information on Bookshare in addition to
NLS and some of the other resources.  If I do this, it will be probably
after after I have the baby.  What do you think?

Kasondra Payne

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