Driving Autism Success! Bikes to Participate on Playground
My students need a smaller bike so they can participate with the non-disabled kids who ride bikes on the playground.
"We have big plans"--That's my classroom motto. I believe that preschool students with autism have incredible potential locked inside and it's my privilege (as their teacher) to use strategic interventions that transform hidden potential into promising talent.
I teach 10 preschool students (ages 3-5) with autism and severe communication delays in a Title 1 school in Arizona.
My students experience challenges like: learning school skills, nervousness interacting with others, difficulty understanding social skills like sharing, inability to speak to make requests for wants/needs, and difficulty focusing on age-appropriate tasks. Despite these challenges, my students all have unique gifts and skills that are growing every day. My students love to learn, get off the bus every day with huge smiles, and have families that are dedicated to their progress (despite lack of financial resources). Some day, these particular kids could solve the world problems with their unique viewpoint...If they are given challenging opportunities that encourage them to take that next step!
We have "big plans" to socialize with non-disabled peers!
On the playground, my students have opportunities to play with non-disabled preschool students. Our team works hard to create an inclusive environment because learning social skills is challenging and discouraging for my students. One challenging part of the playground is when the non-disabled kids ride the big bikes quickly around the bike track. My students can't keep up because they haven't developed the motor skills yet. All of the playground bikes are too large for them and they don't have a small bike to practice. So my students run around after the bikes because they can't participate. My students need a small bike like this one so they can practice and learn how to ride. This bike is also wonderful because the pedals can fold in for students who need to "scoot" instead. My students need this bike so they can participate and feel included.
Research shows that early intervention special education programs make a huge difference on the overall outcome for kids.
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