The topic of inclusion of students with mental retardation is often a controversial one. Brainstorm the benefits and challenges of teaching a class that includes a student with MR. Be sure to discuss all factors, not just the disability, including the student's behavior, family support, reactions of other students and their families, and special education support services.
Benefits teaching a class that includes a student with MR:
-Offers the least restrictive educational environment to ensure that the MR Child is challenged and served to his or her cognitive/academic skills and social potentials
-Offers the MR children authentic, rich, and real world interactions with non-identified peers in a regular environment
-Teaches tolerance to the regular education students and other social skills
-Provides a real opportunity ...
Challenges and benefits of teaching students with mental retardation in inclusion are discussed from personal experience.