Special Education in elementary school is such an exciting group of mixed interests, abilities and goals. Some of my students are learning to read, write and count while some of their classmates are learning to match letters/numbers and learning to be independent. Our group loves to play outside, learn new games and dance to a kidzbop through GoNoodle.
Our class is part of a program for students with moderate/severe disabilities to include autism, intellectual disability and downs syndrome.
We are on a general education campus with inclusion opportunities in a wing with four general education classrooms and two more special education classrooms. As my students make gains in my classroom, they have started to try small chunks during the week with their typically developing peers (music, library and art). My classroom is about building skills to promote independence and inclusion. The work we do in this classroom is building relationships, staying with the group, following directions and accessing general education content in different ways through an online, alternative, functional skills curriculum. We celebrate little wins together each day.
For our population, a lot of the students have many global challenges including memory, retention and academic skills. iPads will help them become independent and navigate the curriculum and rewards as something they can do on their own. It will give them ownership and some control!
Hands-on activities with manipulatives from Lakeshore will help the students learn in the best way they can, versus pencil/paper tasks all of the time.
Our students have multiple needs and are globally delayed and using hands-on activities and technology will help their expressive communication when they cannot verbally answer. It will give them multi-modal ways to learn academics specific to their learning needs.
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