Manuel, 30 ans, 30,000 cartes postales!

A lire sur le site de MétroNews:

La belle histoire du jour : Manuel, trisomique, reçoit 30 000 cartes postales pour ses 30 ans

Créé : 23-11-2014

GÉNÉROSITÉ – Parents d’un enfant trisomique, Lucien et Jacqueline Parisseaux avaient envoyé un message à leurs amis sur Facebook début novembre en prévision de l’anniversaire de Manuel. Sans s’attendre à ce qui allait suivre.

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C’est via un appel lancé sur Facebook, qui devait rester limité aux proches de la famille Parisseaux, que l’élan de générosité s’est développé. Photo : Capture d’écran Facebook

Une application de lecture partagée – Caillou: Quel est ce bruit?

A lire sur le site de La Sauterelle tactile:

Caillou : Quel est ce bruit ?

Méthode Je lis Avec (Tribal Nova) : mettre en avant le partage de la lecture grâce à une application intelligente

« Je Lis Avec » est une nouvelle collection destinée à favoriser la lecture dans un contexte de partage, d’épanouissement et de développement du langage. Grâce à Caillou, personnage central de l’application, le lecteur sa familiarise avec la lecture et la compréhension d’un récit. Développée en collaboration avec le laboratoire de phonologie infantile de l’université de McGill (Canada), « Caillou : quel est ce bruit ? » (Tribal Nova) invite le lecteur à interagir, commenter, réagir et à s’approprier le récit.

Caillou

Caillou est prêt pour aller se coucher mais voilà qu’il entend de drôles de bruits. Avec sa lampe de poche et l’aide de ses parents il part à la recherche de ce qu’il l’effraie et l’empêche de fermer ses yeux. Le thème de l’histoire est familier et connu de tous. Caillou est un personnage sympathique.

Dans le texte vous trouverez de nombreux « mots vivants ». Ces mots sont colorés dans le texte, en les touchant ils s’animent et sont associés à une animation à l’écran. Cette distinction entre ces mots-clés et le reste du récit est intéressante, elle vous permet d’offrir un point de référence sur chaque page au lecteur. Les mots vivants sont : maman, papa, caillou, bruit, ombres, chat, boîte à musique, lumière, lampe de poche, lumière, jouet, yeux et monstre. L’application offre une excellente fonctionnalité : celle d’enregistrer avec votre propre voix ces mots vivants. Ainsi le lecteur associe la forme orale à la forme écrite pour chacun d’eux.

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A l’écran apparaissent deux avatars : l’un représente l’enfant et l’autre l’adulte. Vous pouvez les personnaliser pour qu’il vous ressemble au mieux. La présence de ces deux avatars est pour vous aider à partager la lecture. L’avatar adulte propose une nouvelle piste à chaque page pour explorer la compréhension des mots, du récit ou encore la description de la scène. L’avatar représentant enfant cache des indices. Lorsque vous le touchez il les révèle. Ainsi il n’y a aucune frustration.

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Les questions initiées par l’avatar adulte prennent plusieurs formes :

  • Description : le lecteur va être poussé à analyser la scène face à lui et à décrire ce qu’il voit, ce qu’il entend et ce qu’il comprend. C’est l’occasion d’étendre le vocabulaire et d’apprendre de nouveaux mots.
  • Complétion : le but est alors de permettre au lecteur de compléter la fin d’une phrase
  • Conscience phonologique : le but de ces questions est de travailler avec les sons
  • Comparaison : le lecteur doit comparer l’expérience de Caillou avec ce qu’il connaît, créant ainsi un lien entre le lecteur et son livre
  • Mémoire : ces questions se portent sur des évènements passés du récit

L’application vous prodigue en plus de ce guide à chaque page d’excellents conseils d’utilisation. Le but de cette application est d’encourager la discussion et l’interaction. Utilisée comme un support, c’est l’occasion de se poser des questions, de prendre le temps de rapprocher l’expérience de Caillou avec celle du lecteur. A la manière d’une petite pièce de théâtre, l’important est de transmettre les émotions au lecteur. C’est une expérience tactile car il y a de nombreuses interactions présentes à l’écran.

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L’application propose en plus de l’histoire un mode « Jouer ». Dans ce mode à débloquer en lisant l’histoire de Caillou, vous trouverez un théâtre numérique. L’occasion de mettre en scène Caillou avec ses propres mots et d’enregistrer sa propre histoire. C’est une excellente fonctionnalité pour travailler l’expression orale, la construction de l’histoire, l’anticipation et la compréhension. Ces films sont stockés dans l’application et le lecteur peut les visionner ou en créer de nouveaux à sa guise.

L’enfant est au cœur du processus créatif. Cet aspect de la lecture rappelle celui présenté dans la collection « Apprendre à parler, parler pour apprendre » des éditions Retz.

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Dans les options vous avez la possibilité de désactiver les interactions, la musique et les effets sonores du récit. Vous pouvez adapter le niveau des questions à celui du lecteur. Il y a trois niveaux disponibles. Chaque niveau explore le récit sous un nouvel angle.

Ce premier volume ne propose pas encore de narration préenregistrée mais l’offrira dans une prochaine mise à jour. D’autres titres paraîtront bientôt, permettant ainsi à votre bibliothèque de s’enrichir et d’ouvrir de nouveaux horizons au lecteur.

Are you having a sibling with Down syndrome?

To read on The Mighty website:

10 Things Siblings of Individuals With Down Syndrome Wish You Knew

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Siblings

There are many misconceptions floating around about Down syndrome, people with Down syndrome and their families. In my experience, the idea that having a sibling with Down syndrome is nothing but burdensome or unfair is one of these huge misconceptions. Just as every individual is unique with or without Down syndrome, every family dynamic is unique. My story might not be in line with every sibling to a person with Down syndrome, but I believe many of us having more than a few of these qualities in common.

1. We are understanding.

In 2011, Dr. Brian Skotko found in study conducted at Children’s Hospital Boston, “among siblings ages 12 and older, 97 percent expressed feelings of pride about their brother or sister with Down syndrome and 88 percent were convinced they were better people because of their sibling with Down syndrome.” While my situation is different — I’m 15 years older than my brother and now an adult living away from home — learning to become a good sister to John and good daughter to my parents facing their newborn’s Down syndrome-associated heart defect in the midst of my temperamental teenage years helped me to become a better, more compassionate and accepting person. I hear parents and expectant parents of children with Down syndrome worry that their other children will somehow be scarred by the redirection of their focus to their child with developmental differences. Again, the emotional needs of a 15-year-old are different than those of a younger child; but, personally, I would rather feel valued for being a compassionate and caring person and helper than given undivided attention and exclusive use of my parents’ time and resources. My parents did a good job expressing their appreciation for the help and empathy my sister and I contributed.

2. We Don’t Have It All Together

Just because we tend to feel more accepting and have a lot of practice in patience doesn’t mean our family is any less crazy than yours. Additionally, though we may have learned different communication techniques to interact with our sibling based on his or her unique needs, we still drive each other up the wall sometimes. My parents like to joke that sometimes you wouldn’t know my sister and brother are 12 years apart; they annoy each other like they’re much closer in age. My sister loves to tap my brother’s iPad games over his shoulder, and he loves to break into her room and jump on her bed. We’re just like any other family, and we have the same kind of relationship with our sibling with Down syndrome that we do with our typical siblings.

3. We Have Strong Families

Maybe this is specific to my family, but from what I’ve observed, it seems common in the Down syndrome community. Part of it could be our desire to ban together to provide the best support for our loved one with Down syndrome as we tackle unique challenges together. My brother has helped our family to form a stronger bond, a sense of community and belief that we’re all in this together. We do everything in our power to support and protect each other, whether it be from outside negativity, inner self doubt or a system that just isn’t doing enough to provide resources that our family needs. I also feel particularly fortunate to have a brother who expresses happiness so freely. When John is happy, which is often, he will tell you, he will jump and laugh and insist, rather stubbornly sometimes, that you laugh along with him. This determined purpose to support one another combined with the continual happiness check-ins from my brother has helped our family develop a culture of joy.

4. We Worry About Our Loved Ones

When John was born, he was diagnosed with Atrioventricular Valve Defect (AVS), a serious heart condition which required surgery, and by the time he was 6 months old, he’d undergone two serious heart surgeries — one to reconstruct his heart to function properly and the second time to install a pacemaker after he went into cardiac block. He’s now doing fantastic and doesn’t even need to use his pacemaker, but these memories stay with us. Life-threatening medical complications can happen to anyone, and when something like this does hit that close to home, it’s nearly impossible not to be changed and have a stronger appreciation for how little control we have over our lives and those around us. I worry especially because certain diseases like leukemia and Alzheimer’s pose a greater than average risk to people with Down syndrome, and I can’t bear to think of my brother so fragile again. I also worry about my parents because of how much my brother needs them. I need them, but if anything were to happen to them, John would be my responsibility. I would gladly take care of him, but I just can’t imagine how difficult it would be for all of us emotionally. How could I possibly explain something like that to him? I also worry about everyone’s mental and emotional health. There’s a lot of stress involved with raising a child with special needs in a society that doesn’t accept them fully. I know we all love this journey in our family, but it can also take its toll on my parents when there are so many questions yet to be answered and so many resources we still have yet to find. Then there’s bullying. I pray from the bottom of my heart that my brother never has to face bullies, but I know that it’s realistically an issue for any kid, especially one seen as different. We have so far to go.

5. We Want You to Know About Us

I never hide my brother’s story or my family’s story. It’s important to me and an integral part of who I am, and I want people to know that about me. I want people to be aware of my brother and the challenges he faces and the abilities he has so our society will change its attitude towards people with Down syndrome or other intellectual and developmental disabilities. I want people with typical children to make an effort to teach their kids about children and adults with special needs. We want awareness so we can break down the irrational and unfounded fear of the unknown associated with disabilities.

6. We Need Community and Crave Inclusion

I love attending events within the special needs community. From Miracle League games to the Buddy Walk, it’s wonderful to be immersed in a community full of people who all seem to understand each other and have an appreciation for the differences that make our loved ones so unique and special. We also want our families to be accepted and appreciated in the community at large. We want to be treated like anybody else. It can be frustrating when people make comments or facial expressions that express pity towards us. My brother is awesome, and we’re probably having a great time when you see us at the park; feel free to say hi. You don’t need to feel sorry for us; if there’s anything to feel sorry for, it’s the other-ing and minimizing of a part of the population we should be proud of. Our differences make us better. We learn from differences. We should be happy and proud to include people with all kinds of differences into our community and society at large.

7. We Can’t Possibly Fathom How So Many People Don’t Get It

“Down Syndrome is the least funded major genetic condition by our National Institutes of Health (NIH) despite being the most frequent chromosomal disorder (1 in ever 691 babies in the US is born with Down syndrome),” according to GlobalDownSyndrome.org.  Just months ago Richard Dawkins caused an uproar when he tweeted about his belief that it’s immoral for a woman to knowingly give birth to a baby with Down syndrome. Some doctors are still suggesting expectant mothers terminate pregnancies when the infant is suspected to have Down syndrome, and some are still implying to expectant and new parents of babies with Down syndrome that their child will never be able to interact with them, walk or think for themselves. We just can’t understand how people can be so ignorant. We need to wake up.

8. We’re More Alike Than Different

My brother has Down syndrome, but it doesn’t define him. He’s a smart, mischievous, tech-savvy, funny, sweet, wild yet sensitive 8-year-old boy who loves music, dinosaurs, his iPad, his teacher and his family. He has a strong will and sense of determination. He’s a lot like any other 8-year-old little boy. It’s time to stop looking at people with developmental disabilities as less than. Everyone is unique and our differences should be embraced and celebrated. People with Down syndrome are just like you. They want to be loved, included and valued; they want to live meaningful, happy lives just like everyone else, and they’re absolutely capable of achieving these things

9. We’re Reminded of What’s Important in Life Every Day

My brother has the unique ability to cause the people around him to reevaluate their priorities. We can get so caught up in the rat race of life, and John reminds us that it’s our loved ones who are most important, and we need to slow down and make the time to be with them and laugh with them. I’m serious — sometimes John is unrelenting about insisting you laugh with him. He knows laughter can turn your day around and make you happier even if it’s not genuine at first. John knows a lot of things that people don’t always give him credit for, and we’re reminded of what’s important when we take the time to learn from him. People, our relationships, love — these are the important things in life. Everybody just wants a purpose in life, to mean something.

10. We Love Our Siblings Just the Way They Are

John is an incredible, unique, joyful little boy. I love him exactly the way God made him. I want him to grow and learn and have every opportunity in life, but I don’t wish he was anyone other than John. He is awesome, and I love him no matter what.

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Thanks to @DSGKC to have drawn my attention on this article.

Mª Del Mar Galcerán Gadea, première présidente d’une association de trisomie 21

Mª Del Mar Galcerán Gadea

A lire (en espagnol) sur le site Down Espana:

“Il faut en  finir avec les clichés selon lesquels nous sommes affectueux, spéciaux, etc”

Mª Del Mar Galcerán Gadea est devenue la première personne porteuse du syndrome de Down à présider une association  en Espagne : ASINDOWN. La nouvelle présidente de l’organisme valencien, qui aura 25 ans de trajectoire, réclame une plus grande sensibilisation.

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Maria Del Mar Galcerán a 37 ans et elle est une travailleuse-née habituée à donner le maximum pour rencontrer ses objectifs. Elle a ainsi obtenu, en 2013, la première place dans un concours pour accéder à un poste de fonctionnaire au Département du Bien-être Social de la municipalité valencienne. Elle a maintenant établi une nouvelle marque en devenant la première personne ayant le syndrome de Down qui accède à la présidence d’un organisme espagnol.

L’Association ASINDOWN, qui a eu 25 ans le 20 novembre dernier, a publié une lettre ouverte de sa nouvelle présidente sur son site web . Dans cette lettre , Galcerán déclare: “Je dois être en première ligne en démontrant par ma présence que nous sommes capables d’assumer nos responsabilités. Et parce qu’il faut nous faire entendre, nous devons nous prononcer dans tout ce qui se rapporte à nous”. La jeune femme ajoute:  “Je tiens à vous faire savoir mon intention de travailler dur. Je connais mes limites et je connaîs aussi l’engagement que représente la charge que j’ai accepté d’assumer, …  mais je me sens forte et je ne suis pas seule, je peux compter sur l’aide de l’équipe de direction. Par ces lignes, je viens également vous demander votre aide et votre appui. ». Il est également mentionné dans cette lettre que “je veux envoyer un message aux personnes ayant le syndrome de Down, en les invitant à participer à notre association et en les assurant qu’ils peuvent compter sur moi comme je veux pouvoir compter sur eux”. A l’occasion de son élection en tant que présidente de l’association, le journal ‘Le marchand de Valence ‘a publié une interview avec Galceran, reproduit ci-dessous.

Qu’une personne ayant le syndrome de Down préside une association dédiée au syndrome de Down : est-ce que ce devrait être une nouvelle ?

Je ne sais pas, mais c’est un pas de plus vers la normalisation. La société devrait être plus sensibilisée aux personnes ayant le syndrome de Down, qui devraient recevoir plus d’appui et plus d’aide. Pas seulement pour nous, mais aussi pour nos familles et les professionnels qui s’occupent de nous. C’est une tâche qui concerne la société dans son ensemble.

Qu’est-ce que ça signifie pour vous de présider ASINDOWN ?

Je me sens fière. Je suis la voix de mon association et c’est très important. Mon objectif est d’obtenir plus de visibilité. Jusqu’à présent, on parlait de nous sans nous, d’une certaine manière. D’autres personnes nous représentaient. Qu’une personne avec le syndrome de Down dirige l’association, c’est une façon d’être plus visibles, de nous faire entendre, de faire savoir ce que nous pensons et comment nous nous sentons d’une manière plus directe.

Sentez-vous une grande responsabilité par rapport à votre charge ?

Oui, parce que c’est un défi difficile. Je le sais par ma famille, parce que ma mère a été présidente, et par les présidents précédents qui ont assumé cette charge lors de ces dernières 25 années. Mais je vais faire tout ce que je peux pour que l’association soit fière de moi.

Que faut-il transmettre à la société ?

Que nous ne sommes pas si différents. Il faut en finir avec les clichés selon lesquels nous sommes affectueux, spéciaux, etc.. Nous sommes des personnes qui luttons pour sortir de nos difficultés, avec le soutien de personnes qui ont longtemps lutté pour cette cause, des famille, des organismes, etc.. Il faut aussi faire plus de sensibilisation, parce que, finalement, nous faisons les mêmes choses que les autres. Je crois que Dieu nous a fait venir au monde pour aller de l’avant avec notre handicap intellectuel et il faut dire aux gens que, même s’il peut être plus long pour nous d’y arriver, à la fin nous atteignons les mêmes objectifs que tout le monde. Avec plus d’effort, mais nous arrivons.

Trouvez-vous qu’il y a encore du rejet dans la société ?

Il y a un peu de tout. Il y a des personnes qui sont toujours à notre côté, en aidant, mais il y a les autres qui nous jugent sans savoir. Et nous avons à rompre avec ces préjugés, mais c’est un travail de 365 jours par année.

Quelles sont vos revendications principales envers le gouvernement ?

Nous réclamons la plus grande inclusion possible dans tout le cheminement éducatif, depuis la maternelle jusqu’aux études supérieures, mais en général une plus grande inclusion tout au long de notre vie : notre autonomie et notre indépendance, l’accès au marché du travail, etc..

Cela doit-il se concrétiser d’une certaine manière au niveau législatif ?

Bien sûr, il manque une législation à ce sujet, surtout pour la question éducative. Par exemple, la LOMCE a été une réelle régression pour les personnes ayant le syndrome de Down. Il faut un changement total de pensée à l’heure d’élaborer la réglementation, pour que les personnes ayant le syndrome de Down ou une déficience intellectuelle puissent suivre leurs études de manière ordinaire. Il faut se battre tous ensemble, que vous soyez politiciens ou enseignants, il faut faire un changement dans la communauté éducative. Nous voulons qu’ils nous traitent normalement et, curieusement, le milieu qui est le plus sensibilisé à cette vision est le monde du travail: si tu ne travailles pas, ils te revoient comme n’importe quelle autre personne.

Friends of the Nativity Parish School

To read on The Leaven website:

Part of the family

Nativity celebrates Down syndrome awareness with heartfelt donation

By Jessica Langdon
jessica@theleaven.com

Nativity Parish School

Kathryn Embry, an eighth-grader at Nativity Parish School, reads a passage in Barb Burgoon’s religion class. Kathryn and her classmates are preparing for confirmation.

LEAWOOD — When the call came for students at Nativity Parish School here to support people with Down syndrome, they answered in a huge way — raising $3,350 for the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City.
“A ton of that money was coins that we counted because kids emptied piggy banks,” said Maureen Hogan, student services coordinator at Nativity. “That was extraordinary.”
What’s also extraordinary to her is the way it’s just natural for the students, parents, faculty and others at Nativity to reach out.
They do it every day.
Not because they see a need — but because they see a friend.
A friend like Kathryn Embry, an eighth-grader, who leads a fierce game of four square and embraces opportunities to act, dance and give presentations. (She was recently preparing one for science class on Thomas Edison.)
“Kathryn just makes every day way more fun,” said her best friend and fellow eighth-grader Emily Kramer.
And they see a friend like Jordan Locke, who is in the third grade, who comes to the rescue on the playground in the role of one of his favorite superheroes, usually Batman or Spider-Man.
“He’s funny and he’s really nice,” said his friend Lacey Hunter, also a third-grader.
Kathryn and Jordan both have Down syndrome. And on Oct. 21, both Nativity students took their places on the stage — to thundering applause from the whole school — to help present the money the school had raised to Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City and First Downs for Down Syndrome.
The assembly and the donation were Nativity’s way of recognizing Down Syndrome Awareness Month, which is celebrated nationally in October.
“I really believe we have a lot of kids in this building who would be really, really hard-pressed to explain to you or tell you what real big differences there are between them and Jordan or Kathryn,” said Hogan.

‘Make it work’

Hogan remembers going to observe Kathryn as a preschooler years ago when Kathryn was just getting ready to start school.
Church of the Nativity is the family’s parish, and so Kathryn’s mom wanted this to be her daughter’s school.
“It just never occurred to any of us that we wouldn’t make it work — of course we would make it work,” said Hogan.
Today, Nativity serves students who have a variety of special needs, whether those needs are visible or something the eye can’t see.
Nativity partners with the Blue Valley School District for some of its students who have special needs, said Hogan, and the students have a team of people working toward their success.
Having them in a Catholic school just makes so much sense to her.
“The kids are a gift to us,” said Hogan. “There’s no better way for us to teach our kids to see the face of Christ in everybody.”
Hogan’s already preparing herself for what she knows will be an emotional moment: Kathryn — along with her classmates — will graduate this year.
“We’re going to miss her,” said Barb Burgoon, middle school religion teacher, looking ahead to Kathryn’s graduation.
“She brings this spark of life to my fifth-hour science,” said Angela Kopp, Kathryn’s science teacher and mother of one of her classmates.
It’s no secret that Kopp is her favorite teacher — Kathryn calls her by the nickname “B.T.” — for “Best Teacher.”
“She’s very social,” said Kopp with a smile.
“Sassy,” added Stephanie Fournier, Kathryn’s English language arts teacher.
But it is not only the teachers who appreciate Kathryn’s boundless enthusiasm.
Kathryn and her friends have been together since kindergarten.
“These are the most true friendships you’ve ever seen,” said Fournier of Kathryn’s class.
Hogan loves to see the way Kathryn and her friends link arms and laugh walking through the hallways.
“It’s definitely a calling,” she said, “and it’s definitely part of our mission — to educate kids with special needs.
“But the bigger calling is to make sure that they have opportunities for genuine lifelong relationships with people — and that is something that happens in this community.”
So the mission only starts in the classroom — and continues at sleepovers, movies, and get-togethers with friends.
“Kathryn doesn’t just have school friends at school, and Jordan doesn’t just have school friends at school,” said Hogan.
They play sports on the regular school teams, and Kathryn and Emily have camped together for the past few years at Prairie Star Ranch in Williamsburg.
Kathryn even tried the zip line this past year.
“It’s scary at first because you’re afraid you’d fall,” said Kathryn.
“But you didn’t!” said Emily.
Kathryn’s friends always have her back, just as she has theirs.
“I’ve never had to ever ask one of them to help her with anything, nor have I ever had to ask Kathryn to help somebody else,” said Fournier. “She is also the one who steps in.”
Emily describes Kathryn’s annual pool party for her birthday as “the best party of the year.”
The eighth-graders this year donated money for students with special needs at a school in Guatemala instead of bringing gifts.

Welcoming environment

Jordan’s birthday coincides with a classmate’s, and the other child’s family surprised his family by throwing a party for both boys last year.
Jordan came to Nativity at the very end of his first-grade year from a public school in Missouri.
When they first inquired about enrolling Jordan, his parents John and Cindy Locke were assured by Nativity principal Dr. Maureen Huppe that the school was familiar with Down syndrome, and that everyone would welcome Jordan.
And even with just six weeks remaining in that school year, they wanted him to start right away to make the transition as seamless as possible.
Within 48 hours of his arrival, an email went out to the whole staff and Jordan’s parents, a gesture that really impressed the Lockes.
Cindy will never forget watching Bill Powers, who teaches middle school math, hold out his hand and introduce himself to Jordan in the crosswalk during Jordan’s first week.
“It’s nice to meet you,” said Powers. “I’m going to be your eighth-grade teacher.”
The school even invited in the Down Syndrome Guild to educate Jordan’s new classmates on what it’s like for him to go through a school day.
The students tried on big mitts so they could picture what it feels like when Jordan writes, said Cindy.
They took steps with weights on their legs so they could feel how he might get tired.
And they impressed the representative from the guild with their questions, said Cindy.
“She’s never seen kids that young be so interested in ‘What can we do to help Jordan?’ instead of asking, ‘Why is it this way?’” she said.
The students are quick to step in, whether it’s to help tie a shoe or to open something.
“I’ve never had to ask them to help him,” said Susan May, Jordan’s third-grade teacher. It’s always natural, and it comes from a friendship, not from the idea of taking care of him, she said.
Jordan reads well, but loves to settle down for Drop Everything and Read time with friends — and they love reading with him.
Lacey is happy to play superheroes.
“He usually chooses for me,” she said. “He just tells me, and I don’t care.”
She can’t imagine her school without Jordan.
Third-grader Matt Theisen agrees, thinking of a funny moment as the class recently got to know its new gecko.
“We were talking about how our gecko can lose its tail,” explained Matt.
And when their teacher asked what Jordan was having for lunch that day, he answered, “Spaghetti with a hint of lizard tail!”
Administrators and students alike are always receptive to hearing new ways to help Jordan learn.
“They’re all interested in doing whatever they can to help Kathryn and Jordan succeed in whatever way,” said Cindy.
The Lockes have since joined Church of the Nativity, transitioning from their previous parish on the Missouri side.
“Our feeling was we wanted him to be fully immersed, so we wanted to be fully immersed,” said John, and so Nativity is now their parish.
One of his favorite memories is of Jordan’s first Communion.
“Was there a dry eye in the house?” said John. “What was really huge was that our family was here, and they got to see the impact that Nativity has had on Jordan.”

‘Part of the family’

Kathryn is getting ready for confirmation this year. She’s chosen Bernadette as her confirmation name, and her older brother Luke as her sponsor.
Luke was also the subject of a speech Kathryn gave on a very important person in her life.
“One of the things she said was, ‘I love him because he believes I can do anything,’” said Burgoon. “And those were her words.”
They’re words that people at Nativity wholeheartedly believe as well.
Lisa Hamrick, a paraprofessional who works with students who have a variety of needs at Nativity, worked with Kathryn extensively before Kathryn began middle school.
She has no worries that Kathryn — a sweet and outgoing girl — will soar when she goes out into the world.
And she’s enjoying watching Jordan now build his wings at Nativity, where he fits in so perfectly.
“They’re just part of the family,” said Hamrick.

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Thanks @DSGKC for having drawn my attention on the subject.