[R-0064] S8. Ethical Practice

Citation: Habib, D., & National Center in Inclusive Education. (2014). Thaysa. [Video file]. Retrieved from Thaysa  [or type “five videos that will change your mind about inclusive education” in your search window ]

Abstract: Thasya Lumingkewas, 8, has autism and thrives at Maple Wood Elementary School in Somersworth, NH. The school has implemented Response to Intervention (RtI), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This 12:30 minute video highlights the power of presuming competence, differentiated instruction and augmentative and alternative communication by following Thaysa, as she experiences education in an inclusive setting. Scholars can observe characteristics of an inclusive classroom including the evidence-based practices teachers use to support the development and learning of all children.

Integration: In the video the Inclusion Facilitator explains that Thaysa was using a very basic augmentative communication device in structured activities that were consistent, like calendar time. Over time, her teachers found that she was wanting to say more than that device allowed so the district provided funding for a Vantage Lite. After everyone received training in how to help Thaysa use the device, she became much more involved in what was going on in the classroom both socially and academically.

Content Focus: Augmentative and Alternative Communication; Autism Spectrum; Differentiated Instruction; Music; Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports; Response to Intervention; Universal Design for Learning; Multi-Tiered System of Support; Child Development II

Notes: Activities should focus on the characteristics of an inclusive classroom including the evidence-based practices teachers use to support the development and learning of all children. An example of an activity to use with this resource is as follows: As scholars view Thaysa, have them document at least five teacher characteristics and five teacher competencies mentioned that effective educators demonstrate in an inclusive setting