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From my computer dictionary: “relevant” means “closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand;” and “meaningful” means “having a serious, important, or useful quality of purpose.”

Memorize “relevant and meaningful,” and make them part of your standard operating procedures in your relationships with children or adults who have disabilities. Then be ready for wonderful outcomes!

Years ago, in my children’s inclusive elementary school, there was great concern about a child with complex behavior needs being in a general education classroom. It wouldn’t work, right? The student would need to be in a self-contained classroom with a full-time aide, and special education teachers would need to closely follow the “behavior plan” in the student’s IEP (Individualized Education Program). Not! The school principal and his staff learned (through careful, patient, and caring trial-and-error) that when the student feels he belongs, believes he is valued, and is engaged in activities that are relevant and meaningful to him, “behavior problems” fade away!

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We only do well the things we like doing. Colette

Relevant and Meaningful