I is for Integration.
Webster's definition is:
Incorperation as equals into society
or an organization of individuals of
In the school setting, integration
The act or process of uniting different
In the past this was called
ie: spending time with peers in their
For example: I have a Kindergartner
that I get off the bus, he goes through
his arrival routine and then we have
a work session, shortly after that he
goes to his general ed Kindergarten
class where with support as needed
he stays and follows the same routine
as the class does. He then comes back
to us and follows our routine until he
goes to "specials" ie: PE, ART, Music
or Library with his Kindergarten
friends. He also has support in these
For the most part all he needs is re-
direction when he "gets off track."
Some of our other students just go to
specials, one goes to specific classes
within her grade level.
As with most everything where our
students are concerned integration
is geared toward each child's
This process is two fold:
1. It helps our student's work toward
being in a general ed class .
2. It gives their peers a chance to get
to know a peer that functions
differently than they do.
I think it also helps their peers realize
that they are ok to be around even if
they look, act or behave differently
than they do.
~Keep on Dreaming~