After reading Professor Mirabella's personal story about her daughter, Gina's, diagnosis with Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome, my eyes are filled with tears. Her story is truly inspiring because of how strong, hopeful, and loving she was. Through her mother's support, education, perseverance, and positive attitude, Gina was able to overcome many obstacles and limitations.
I loved the part when Professor Mirabella said that Gina is an individual with purpose, meaning, feelings, desires, and SLOS. This makes us connect with Gina.
As a teacher, I want to help parents like Professor Mirabella share their stories and know that they have a voice!
Many parents of children with disabilities may worry if they can make friends. Teachers can help students establish friendships within their school by educating others and breaking down any stigmas placed against them.
I must incorporate the Universal Design for Learning framework, so that I can use strategies to address and support the educational needs of ALL my students!
It is important for teachers to initiate positive, collaborative relationships with families of students that have disabilities because it will increase the likelihood that they will achieve academic success.
We are very worried about our child! How is he doing?
I will post pictures and comments on Class Dojo about Eli's progress. We will also use that app to communicate with each other. I will respond frequently to address any of your concerns and we can work together to reduce Eli's barriers to learning. I want him to succeed and meet all of his learning goals!
We can discuss the accommodations and modifications that I am considering for Eli.
I will include families in learning how to support their children so that they can work on the same skills that I am teaching them during school, at home. Vice versa, I can ask parents what supports they use at home and how their child responds to them. I will ask my student's parents if they need any support at home and provide them helpful resources, local services, or groups that they can go to to get even more advice and help.