Resiliency. It is a word that encompasses a multitude of beautiful, unique traits; it is a word that describes the essence of my students. Resiliency is embedded in their smiles, their tears, their joy and laughter, and their strength to try and try again. They strive for more, they strive for the best despite all of the challenges that life has handed them. They amaze time and time again as they soar to new heights with a spunky, patient, and loving "can do" attitude.
Their disabilities do not define them nor do they allow others to define them through their disability.
They see the world through an empathetic, unique scope where everyone is typical and the word "normal" is just another word that defines everyone. I love the sound of their laughter and the kind words they give each other. "I'll help you," as they race to a peer's side. "Here you can borrow mine," as a classmate earnestly looks for a specific color of crayon. The "it's okay," "good job," and "I love you," that flow freely when a classmate needs it the most. Words cannot do justice in describing how proud I am of them; I am in sheer awe.
Providing colorful communication aids via a color printer allows verbal and nonverbal students to communicate in a multitude of settings. They build powerful, caring relationships by learning to communicate in a variety of formats. Using a system called PECS, nonverbal students are able to communicate with everyone around them. PECS build a sense of unity in our classroom as they help guide us, teach us, and keep us on track throughout the day.
A bridge forms for verbal and nonverbal students by meeting every learner's communication and sensory needs.
Wiggle seats meet sensory needs as visual aids meet the communication needs providing a rich, dynamic learning environment.
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