Melissa McGowan of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania went to West Liberty University in January to speak to future physical education teachers. The focus of the course for these future teachers was on including adaptive athletics into the physical education class planning. Melissa shared in order to provide a picture of how to best approach inclusion of the whole child or student in the classroom. She used her experience as a mother to Abigail, her daughter born with Pfeiffer syndrome. Melissa spoke about creating a positive environment for all students. Finally, she asked the students to discuss how they would handle differences of all kinds in their future classrooms.
The physical education professor at West Liberty University said that Melissa created a "Clear presentation, including images shown on her slideshow and through her personal storytelling."
"Melissa was an amazing representative of CCA. She was knowledgeable, passionate, and students could easily relate to her. She was super organized and made the information easy to understand. Her main message of seeing the child--and not just seeing the label or diagnosis--was clear and convincing. We were so grateful that Melissa came and shared so much with us!"
Thank you Melissa for sharing your story with these college students.