Module 4: Commander Troy - Dog in Space
In this module you meet Commander Troy. Rogue's Gallery
stars this mighty mutt, moving through the Special Education universe,
enlightening those who do not understand the power of teaming and collaborating.
Read the Commander Troy Prologue
Troy has three objectives:
- To point you in the right direction so that you can develop a
community resource list. That increases your professional power
by letting you know what's available to support your students and encourage
family growth and resilience. The more you know about the community
and how to help parents and clients or students access those programs,
the better team player you can be. Besides, when you know what's out
there, you can develop a relationship with caregivers and find yourself
able to chat like friends with those who offer services, it's almost
as good as if you are providing the services yourself. You know that
the clients - students as well as parents will have a warm reception.
- Change the actions of IEP rogues by coming up with ways to alter spacey
or mean-spirited viewpoints and thus build a stronger IEP team.
After all, this individual education plan is only as good as the weakest
link in the process. When you come together, you want to serve that
student and family in an ideal way. . . and when the district or teachers
offer to provide specific kinds of therapy or work on common goals,
you want that to be just the beginning of the good things for the student
and family. You never want to help develop an IEP or an IFSP that just
looks good on paper. No siree, space buddies, when the team agrees to
do something, it's as good as done!
- Scope out culturally sensitive issues and ways to encourage respect
for everyone. Lots of people are just beginning to conquer ignorance
about people with special needs. A special part of deinstitutionalization
and inclusion has been our opportunity to become personally acquainted
with people who have disabilities. That's the beginning of learning
tolerance and building acceptance for those who are different from us.
The easiest way to find out that students with special needs are more
like us than different from us is for us to get to know them, spend
time with one another and recognize the things we have in common - the
ways we are alike, rather than only seeing differences.
So, with a series of activities, you will come through
this module with new insights - new vistas. You will:
- Know more about community resources and how to locate and utilize
- Feel more comfortable in building and utilizing the IEP process to
- Have a set of skills for building team and encouraging mutual respect.
Know what's really exciting? Each time you help Commander
Troy feel successful in working on one of these tasks, a game spot will
come hurtling out of inner space. You get a lot of immediate gratification
and playing time as you learn the moves that will help you be a better
educator for special needs children.
Later, in the classroom, you will find out just how rewarding
it is for everyone when they discover and correctly utilize support services
in the community. You will be likely to feel stronger in pursuing personal
relationships with the relationship and community building tools you have,
and you will have great game sites to pass on to all your buddies, and
take into the classroom, as well.
Commander Troy is tireless in his efforts, and you will follow his adventures
and misadventures as he seeks to discover new information about the following
|8. Knowledge of history & philosophy
of educating youth with special needs, including cultural & ethnic
issues related to special education.
|9. Knowledge of unique needs of culturally
diverse, exceptional individuals & families.
|11. Knowledge of community and agency
Open the Textbook Reading
link to see how the readings relate to the objectives above.
This module is divided into 4 topics. To complete this Module
successfully, please complete the topic that corresponds with your persona.
Once you have completed this module you should:
Go on to Module 5: Carrot Head - No Size Fits All
Go back to Introduction to Exceptional Children
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