On the Road to Mainstream
5 Short Videos on 1 Powerful Cassette!
On the Road to Mainstream
5 Short stories on one powerful DVD!
These five stories can each stand alone,
and they can be shown in any order. They are excellent
for training, staff development, public education and
parent guidance. As a good start for discussions, they
are a significant tool for advocates of Mainstream Daycare.
DVD format. Price: $40.00; limited VHS
Both are available in English and French.
These five stories can each stand alone, and
they can be shown in any order. They are excellent for training,
staff development, public education and parent guidance. As
a good start for discussions, they are a significant tool for
advocates of Mainstream Daycare. Giant Steps gives a good introduction
and overview. The other four stories demonstrate that even children
with the toughest challenges can be included in Mainstream Daycare.
1. Giant Steps: The Road to Mainstream
The developmental steps in which we all participate become clear
in this video statement of one Mainstream Daycare's experience,
growing from "The Heart Step - You meet a child with special
needs, and your heart says, 'Take him in'" - on toward
the goal of Full Mainstream Daycare.
2. Casey: Fragile, and in the Mainstream
Casey has brittle bones (osteogenesis imperfecta). Most daycare
directors and staff were afraid to include him. This video demonstrates
Casey's success both in Mainstream Daycare and in regular public
school. We see Casey from ages four through eight. We hear from
daycare and public school staff, as well as from Casey's parents
and, of course, from Casey himself.
3. Shawn and his Mainstream Parents
Shawn's parents came to daycare to provide real world experience
for their child with cerebral palsy. They soon became advocates
for Mainstream Education for all children. They recognized Shawn's
contribution to the other children, the genuine relationships
formed. Assisted by a classroom aide, Shawn is today in a regular
public school class, where he keeps up with the rest of the
class, using picture boards and assistive computer devices.
4. Autism in the Mainstream - a Teamwork
One of the toughest challenges for Mainstream Daycare is the
child with autism. This video shows elements of the team approach
that various Manitoba government services and daycare staff
have initiated toward including children with autism in the
Mainstream. They have had tremendous success.
5. James: Blind, and in the Mainstream
James's parents wanted him to go to a regular public school,
rather than a school for the blind, 250 miles from his home.
But, as an only child, he needed the preparation of Mainstream
Daycare. We see James at age 4 in daycare, and follow him to
age 8, in Grade 3 in his local school.
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