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Mainstreaming Starts Today! February 3, 2009

Posted by hopeauthority in Autism.
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So this is one for the record books.

Today, Fabio officially starts mainstreaming in school.

Nothing major, of course. We’ve all agreed that since his behavior and language has improved so dramatically in the past few months (possibly due to HBOT) that we’d try mainstreaming him into a typical gym class first and see how he does. Two days per week for now.

Fabio loves gym. He’s good at it. He loves the teacher too. And she has a soft spot for him. But he is an anxious kid, so I am worried sick all day here wondering how it’s going to go.

There are two girls in his class who do some mainstreaming, so I know to expect the worst for awhile according to them. They mainstreamed in subjects like circle time, recess and lunch, and I think science. Mainstreaming is done by taking the child into a typical class for a period at a time, a few days each week.

I wanted to experiment with mainstreaming before Fabio’s upcoming April annual review, so we could have it on his IEP if it’s working out well.

If anyone has any tips on how mainstreaming can be made less stressful or more successful, or would like to share your own experiences with mainstreaming efforts, please feel free to comment.

I will let you know how it goes. And will post my own tips when I figure it out!

Wish us luck!

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1. goodmum - February 3, 2009

Even though you know this could turn out to be a great thing for F, it must be hard to send him in there knowing that the first few tries could be awful. I hope he does well beyond any expectations and that he’s happy to be taking part in gym class!

2. HeatherPride - February 4, 2009

Best of luck with everything!!! This has to be so stressful for you. I hope it all works out!

3. tiredmama - February 4, 2009

How did it go??? We are in the process of starting to set up for next school year right now, too…

hopeauthority - February 5, 2009

It went well…much to my surprise! I thought his anxiety over new situations and crowds and strangers and…and…would get to him.

But the teacher said he stopped at the door for a moment, eyeing the two first grade classes that were in the gym, but that she said “It’s ok, you can run” and off he went…in the right direction!

If he continues to do well and his behaviors are good, we will look into mainstreaming into a classroom setting next. I don’t want to rush him since he is an anxious kid. But so far, so good.


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