Who's the Slow Learner is about a young man with Down Syndrome who received an inclusive education in the California public school system. I have always thought of myself as a slow learner because of my struggles with math. The title of the book appealed to me because of it.
This book chronicles Sean McElwee's experiences from kindergarten to his senior year of high school. This book is unique because the author is Sean's mother. She fights to get Sean the best educational experience both academically and socially. She fights to get his lessons modified to his skill level. This is a problem created when her son's teacher does not give his lessons to the inclusion specialist to modify for him. Sean has cognitive delays in speaking, writing and reading, that is the reason for the modifications. His mother also fights to get Sean a job as an assistant on the high school football team. A mother's love for her child truly has no limits. Sandra Assimotos McElwee is a perfect example of that.
Sean has the ability to advocate for himself. I work with adults who have learning disabilities. I am always trying to get them to stand up for themselves and communicate what they want and need. It is not easy to accomplish this. I love to read about Sean's passion for music. He has played the trumpet and violin. He also enjoys performing in theater and holds a black belt in karate. Sean is now nineteen years old and will soon live independently in his own apartment. I am convinced hat person with a disability can live a full and satisfying life with assistance. I am inspired by all of Sean McElwee's achievements.
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