Topic 2 DQ 1
Research states that inclusion supports students with disabilities by providing them opportunities to succeed in the general education classroom with their typically developing peers. What is your philosophy of inclusion?
Topic 2 DQ 2
Consider the following scenario:
Linda is a twelve-year-old sixth grader who has just moved into your school boundaries and before she starts school, her parents requested a meeting with the entire IEP team, to include the school nurse, psychologist, special education teacher, general education teacher, speech and language pathologist, physical therapist, and occupational therapist. At this meeting, you learn Lindaâ€™s parents have a great deal of distrust of public schools. Linda has muscular dystrophy and is not able to get around campus well. Her muscles are weak, her vision blurry, and she sometimes demonstrates a lack of bladder control. Because of her difficulties, Linda can be quick-tempered and sometimes lash out at other students verbally. She does not have any cognitive disabilities that affect her learning.
How would you go about setting up a successful inclusive environment for Linda? How would you communicate and collaborate with all parties to implement Lindaâ€™s support plan, goals, and expectations?
Topic 3 DQ 1
GCUâ€™s Statement on the Integration of Faith and Work states it is Godâ€™s calling on our lives to help meet the needs of others. Describe two collaboration strategies you feel will be effective with families when discussing concerns about their child’s social and academic development with teachers. Reflecting on GCUâ€™s philosophy, how can you promote these collaboration strategies in your future professional practice?
Topic 3 DQ 2
Families may require additional support during their childâ€™s developmental transitions (i.e., from early intervention to early childhood, from early childhood to early school age, from early school age to adolescence, and from adolescence to adulthood). Based on the readings in this topic and additional research of your own, what are two of the most important suggestions you could give a family to assist them with these transitions? Justify the importance of these specific examples. How would you support families as they go about implementing the suggestions?