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Typically developing elementary school students work one-on-one with Allegro’s students with disabilities on a weekly basis in each of our elementary program. Teachers and administrators have described this component of Allegro’s programs as extremely beneficial to both the children with disabilities and their peer tutors, citing that they are not sure who is learning more!
Peer tutors, chosen individually by their classroom teachers, must attend a pre-class workshop to learn proper techniques and disability etiquette before beginning hands-on training. Each week peer tutors will build bonds of friendship with students with disabilities, assisting with the physical manipulation of arms and legs and engaging in conversations to facilitate social learning.
Peer tutors are also asked to write in journals about their experiences. We have found that this supportive learning environment for children of all abilities improves the entire school atmosphere and reduces teasing!
If your school is interested in participating in an Allegro class, please call the Allegro office at 704-412-5229!
Allegro Foundation… a Champion for Children with Disabilities is a local non-profit headquartered in Charlotte, NC. Now in our 32nd year as an independent organization, we provide our movement education programs FREE OF CHARGE to children and their families living in the Charlotte Mecklenburg and York County, South Carolina communities.
Did you know that Allegro Foundation accepts matching gifts?
If your place of employment has a matching gift program and you are already a donor to Allegro, then please consider adding Allegro to your company’s list of approved charities. Not only will you double the impact of your donation, but you will be helping Allegro continue our mission to bring FREE movement education programs to families of children living with disabilities throughout North and South Carolina.