July 19, 2014 Children, Sailing, Special Ed, Uncategorized, York River

Sailing to Hope

??????????I’ve had several special-ed teachers on board this season. All of them are special people who count their own blessings while educating children with the patience of Job. Chris Wheaton is a teacher assistant in Chesapeake who works with ten or so developmentally disabled children in elementary school. Do the kids ever make progress? “Oh yes. We had a boy last year who wound up mainstreamed back into a regular class because it was determined that what he needed most was the right medication,” usually Ritalin or another methyphenidate to help them focus better. Down Syndrome children tend to be stubborn, and others have myriad issues that block learning. Does she have great patience? “With kids, yes, but not with computers. I hate computers.”

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