This case study describes the journey of a kindergartner with Down Syndrome in an inclusive classroom. Characteristics of the participant are discussed in comparison to characteristics of children with Down Syndrome and the impact of those characteristics for the child’s overall development. Various strategies that were effectively used to facilitate the child’s participation, transitioning, academics, and social skills are addressed. The child’s improvements in various areas of development as a result of inclusion in the kindergarten classroom are discussed. Finally, investigating the efficacy of inclusion for children with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities is recommended for further research.
Lema Kabashi* and Louise Kaczmarek