Classroom Bond Helps Kids Learn About...

Classroom Bond Helps Kids Learn About Autism

There are 9 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Apr 2, 2008, titled Classroom Bond Helps Kids Learn About Autism. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

Some kindergarten students at Boston Valley Elementary School are learning first-hand about autism.

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Hamburg, NY

#1 Apr 2, 2008
I will never be able to thank you enough for the beautiful light you brought to this story. Our family surrounded Joey tonight and watched it together with family hanging on all the phone lines. Parents from school called to say "thank you". You truly captured all of our feelings.
Nancy Lomber

Rome, NY

#2 Apr 3, 2008
Lynne Dixon

Thankyou for the story on Joey Torgalski, it was a beautiful story and meant so much to the family of Joey, extended family and all, Lynnette and Joey were so excited that someone actually listened and cared. Thankyou to the parents of the children that have been a part of Joeys' year at Boston Elementary .....
You have made a difference...

Nancy Lomber
St Andrew teacher

Horsham, PA

#3 Apr 3, 2008
Why is this news????
Catholic schools have been doing this for years. I teach Pre-K and had a child in my class 20years ago for streamlining. It was great ans we still keep in touch.
Laura Western NY

United States

#4 Apr 3, 2008
When my son went to school the special ed children were intregrated. The non special ed students learned these were people who have feelings and it is not cool to make fun of them. My son who is a 6'6 athlete put a end to one idiot picking on a special ed student one day. It was shown that this kid was just stupid and it was not cool to do this.

Buffalo, NY

#5 Apr 3, 2008
What wonderful classmates...Adults could learn what compassion is from these children.......

Hamburg, NY

#6 Apr 7, 2008
I think what you did was so wonderful. The little kids were so cute to the little boy. This is so wonderfully done. Thank you for that news report it was very enjoyable.

Hamburg, NY

#7 Apr 7, 2008
This news story has inspired me and most people who had wached this those children are very lucky to have such good friends and that little boy is also quite lucky to.
Kara ID

United States

#8 Apr 11, 2008
I think this is fabulous. What a wonderful way to support the child living with autism - EDUCATE the children (and teachers) around him/her to create an enviroment of tolerance, love, and friendship. Bravo!!
Kara ID

United States

#9 Apr 11, 2008
Just one more note, "Why is this news?" It's news because it's Autism Awareness Month. This neuological spectrum disorder has been around for a very long time, but the growth in the amount of children struggling with Autism is 1 in every 150! It is great to hear that 20 years ago you were a compassiate teacher who taught a child on the spectrum in your classroom (inclusion), but many teachers do not feel that way - and do not put the effort into educating a child with special needs. Especially when one of the biggest hardships an autistic child faces is social issues. Autism a huge medical and educational concern - one that many people do not understand. One that many parents cry themselves to sleep about every night. I thank Linda Dixon for writing and posting this article. It gives hope to parents of autistic children knowing there are caring, wonderful programs out there - that they can learn about and bring to their own child's classroom.

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