Road Map for a Dream
by mlegr88 on September 16, 2013 - 7:34am
Road Map for a Dream, written by Amanda Fenlon, elaborates on key ways of how to make transitioning into school easier for those who are dealing with both physical and mental disabilities. Fenlon points out four different suggestions and steps to what she feels can help make the transition much easier. The steps include: Dream Big, Make a Road Map, Communicate in Advance and Stay in Touch. Dream Big says that regardless of your child’s health believe that they can achieve anything, set long term goals for where you hope to see them in the future and never give up on helping your child reach those goals. Make a Road Map is planning on how your goals will be reached, creating a vision of how actually you and your child can get there from here. Communicate in Advance is all about getting your child, and even you, familiarized with the new surroundings and new teachers. Lastly, Staying in Touch mentions that ongoing communication after your child has started school, with reports and meetings will help the new team and parents feel that this transition has been effective. In the end, after all of this steps have been implemented your child can have a much more positive transition into school.
In my opinion the section of the article that I found to be most important and effective in not only a transition to school but also simply in life, was about communication. Without communication daily life activities are nearly impossible. Pertaining to the articles main idea of transition into school for those with disabilities, communication was still the most important aspect because getting the child acquainted with their surrounds and people who will be working with them every day will lessen their anxiety. Communication sparks and runs how we live our lives, how we get jobs, how we travel from one place to another and how we learn. Without communication life would be, non-existent.
Key words: Education of children with disabilities