Down Syndrome: Inclusion In The Classroom

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This review of the literature on Down syndrome focuses on inclusion in the classroom. Inclusion has influenced the lives of Down syndrome children. A person is now able to walk into many classrooms in America and observe students with Down syndrome. Special educational programs, and increasing social acceptance of disabled people in the community have resulted in deinstitutionalization of these children. Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and effects over 400,000 lives in America. With a group this large there is no reason, accommodations cannot be made in the classroom. Down syndrome is a genetic condition that occurs at the moment of conception. When the genetic material passed on from mom and dad split, an extra copy of the 21st…show more content…
The article does not offer any history or background knowledge of Down syndrome. The only piece of information the author provides is that students with Down syndrome have strong visual learning modalities. The article provides ways to maximize this strength in learning. It gives very clear areas of learning to focus on, as well as strategies to use. The article determines that these tools and strategies are not only for children with Down syndrome, but for other students as well. Supporting the Student with Down Syndrome in your Classroom, is an article that supports learning for children with this disorder. Rather than an overview of how to support these learners, the author goes into detail of each health condition and how to promote classroom success. The article begins with an overview of Down syndrome, giving the reader some background knowledge. The overview consists of what Down syndrome is, common myths and an explanation of appropriate terminology. Lastly, the author provides within the conclusion, alternatives for hugging and appropriate social…show more content…
The author provides the reader with a brief summary of what inclusion is. They then go into the benefits of inclusion. For every claim that is being made within the article, research findings are provided to back up the information. This article offers more information about the future of a child with Down syndrome. The article goes into detail about the importance of inclusion and employment outcomes. This is the only article that provides information about future employment outcomes. Rather than focusing solely on the positives of inclusion, Implementing Inclusion provides the reader with challenges and barriers within this model. The article states, effective models for inclusion do not yet exist in many parts of the country (National Down Syndrome Society). I felt that this was an import part of the literature. They did not just focus on the good. By doing this, the author appears to be unbiased raising awareness on the pros and cons of the
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