- October 17, 2017 at 2:08 pm #544666
I have a 7th grade student with Downs in my chorus. I have struggled to find ways to encourage her to participate. She has improved from dancing in front of the chorus and running out of the room to staying in her spot through rehearsal. But her reading level is very low and even just giving her lyrics has not helped. I did send sound files to her parents thinking that if she heard the songs at home she might be able to sing with us. Any suggestions or resources would be appreciated.January 8, 2018 at 2:52 pm #552522
I’m sorry to see you have not yet had responses to this, and I wonder if there is any update.
My thoughts, based on parenting experiences, are:
1–Ask the school admins for the young lady’s IEP, and advice from someone who helped write it, on how it can be helpful to you in giving her and the choir a good experience.
BTW, for anyone who is not staying in his/her seat, request a 1-on-1 aide (sometimes called a para). If a school says no, the admin saying no should observe a full class period, and be asked for suggestions afterward
2–Politely contact the parents, saying positive things, and asking if they have reviewed the words or the sound files with her. You may learn things from those questions that will help at home and in rehearsal.
Parents can sometimes give tips that school staff won’t think of, and vice-versa. Give the parents the feeling that they are your partners in this, and consider their ideas.
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