Who's the Slow Learner? A Chronicle of Inclusion and Exclusion

The first book to chronicle a student with Down syndrome from preschool through high school graduation.

Ways To Purchase

Amazon | Autographed | Bulk

Who's the Slow Learner? Adventures in Independence

The sequel offers a series of poignant and often hilarious anecdotes about Sean and his parents as they support and facilitate Sean’s life skills education and follow Sean’s journey to independent adulthood.

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Amazon | Autographed | Bulk

My Name is Sean and I Have Something to Share

Introduces children to Sean and Down syndrome. A fact sheet on Down Syndrome and Inclusive Education parents are also educated as they read this book to their children.

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Reviews

Who's the Slow Learner? A Chronicle of Inclusion and Exclusion

“There is nothing like this on the market at all. I’ve highlighted and bookmarked it like crazy.”

-Christine H.

Who's the Slow Learner? A Chronicle of Inclusion and Exclusion

“A must read for teachers and parents.”

-D. Verner

Who's the Slow Learner? A Chronicle of Inclusion and Exclusion

“This book is inspirational, enormously informative and a game-changer as far as inclusive memoirs are concerned.”

-J.Munson

Who's the Slow Learner? A Chronicle of Inclusion and Exclusion

“Excellent book—Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. Sandra McElwee has chronicled the life of her son with Down syndrome, Sean, in a way that will guide and give understanding to parents and educators alike. She uses humor, grace, and perseverance to tell this true story of the struggle to have her son educated in a mainstream classroom. Through her experience she helps to educate readers on how to handle situations that can happen every day. It shows that being an advocate for your special needs child is never dull and keeps you on your toes.”

-K. Mercado

Who's the Slow Learner? A Chronicle of Inclusion and Exclusion

“As the mother of a 10yo son with Down syndrome, this book is exactly what I’ve been looking for to help me through his school years. Sandra is someone who has been there, done that. And that’s a huge support for me. Some of my favorite parts of the book were the IEP goals listed by grade. I’m always wondering what other kids are doing. And of course I loved how honest she was about her feelings, what she decided to fight for, and what she decided to let go. I learned so many strategies from this book. I loved the book so much that I ordered several more copies for my circle of friends and education specialists in my life. Thank you Sandra for having the foresight to see the need for your son’s story.”

-Kathy

Who's the Slow Learner? A Chronicle of Inclusion and Exclusion

“This book is inspiring and motivating. I have a 7 year old son w/DS whom I am currently advocating for to be included in the General Education environment with proper supports. This book is my “how to” guide. Thanks to Sandra and Sean, they have paved the way for parents like myself to stay the course when advocating for their children. Sean is living proof that inclusion is the best route for our kids and gives them the best opportunity to live out their full potential. Our kids will not grow up to live in a “self-contained” environment, why should they be educated in one? HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!”

-Genesis151

Who's the Slow Learner? Adventures in Independence

“Wondering what life is like after high school for you child with SN? Then you MUSt read this book! You’ll learn the difference between getting a diploma and a certificate of completion, what a transition program is, the importance of volunteering and summer camp as well as the value in attending your specific disabilities conventions. The drama of Sean’s girlfriends is worth the read alone, better than anything on MTV! A thoroughly enjoyable read and filled with a LOT of helpful tips.”

-Amazon Customer

Who's the Slow Learner? Adventures in Independence

“A parent of an adult son with Down Syndrome, I loved this book! We are our child’s best advocate and we must speak loudly,but first love and enjoy who they are. Sandra brings this all together in a delightful way and an easy read. We can all learn so much from one another. Thank you Sandra!”

-D. Wall

Who's the Slow Learner? Adventures in Independence

“I am amazed by the accomplishments and attitude of Sean McElwee. He can play golf, bowling, basketball, baseball. He even has a black belt in karate. I did not think that a person with Down Syndrome could do that. I have cerebral palsy. I enjoy watching sports and have tried bowling. Sean had a fear of people in wheelchairs,but being exposed to them has transformed his attitude about them. He has embraced and even dated a young woman in a wheelchair. I just admire his spirit. This book chronicles Sean and his adventures of taking the bus. I can relate to his experiences of getting off at the wrong destination. I really enjoyed reading about Sean and his adventures in dating, Sean inspires me to try to date more girls. Sean even briefly tried living on his. own. I have physical challenges that Sean does not. Still, I think his experience with independent living has motivated me to try it, or at least try to make the family home more wheelchair friendly. Sean McElwee’s life experiences inspires me. He has motivated me to strive to improve my living situation, employment situation, and even my social life. Sean McElwee is not afraid to try new things to improve his work skills. He volunteers his time saving cats and works as an aide in his church’s Sunday school, I hope to find the time to volunteer and learn new skills like Sean has.”

-R. Yokoyama

My Name is Sean and I Have Something to Share

“I am not a parent of a child with Down Syndrome, but I am a sibling and also a preschool special education teacher who has taught in an inclusive setting for years! This book will serve as a template for parents to introduce their child with special needs to the general education population, and even to other family members and neighbors. I love how the book shows Sean in everyday activities that all children can relate to – highlighting that he is a little different but a lot the same. Sean also describes the powerful influence of his general education peers: “My friends teach me lots! That’s who I like to learn from the most.” Sean, I am sure your classmates learned a lot from you, too!”

-JHersh

My Name is Sean and I Have Something to Share

“Great book!! Reminds children – and adults – that we are more alike than different! My son loves reading this book, and we used it to create our own version. My 9 year old son has Down syndrome and limited speech. Creating our own version of this book helps explain a few things and answer some questions for his general education classmates. We even sent home a condensed booklet for students to share with their parents. I have received lots of great feedback, and the children are very receptive and appreciative!”

-Melanie

My Name is Sean and I Have Something to Share

“A great template for how to introduce your child to a new group of friends and peers. We tend to fear the unknown, so when people understand your child better, fear falls away and acceptance replaces it.”

-K. Pitts

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