My students are ages 14-21 and are diagnosed with moderate to severe disabilities. My students have a variety of physical, intellectual, emotional, and sensory needs. Many of my students suffer from complex medical diagnosis which include seizures, feeding problems, genetic disorders, Down Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.
I run a therapeutic classroom to support my students' various needs and create a comfortable learning environment.
I strive to provide my students with an environment which supports their daily medical needs, while attending to their academic and functioning skill deficits. Daily tasks include skills essential for promoting independence and autonomy. Students work on shoe tying, dressing, self-feeding, choice making and leisure activities.
The fluorescent lighting of school classrooms has been noted to cause visual fatigue and create a glare when looking at classroom materials. This causes students vision to be less clear than normal. Fluorescent lighting can also trigger migraines and seizures in students as well as effect sensory disorders.
I have previously purchased lighting filters for over my reading area, and it is now a place that my students gravitate towards.
I also have students who typically spend hours in beds and looking at the fluorescent lights causes them to squint or keep their eyes closed.
Adding lighting covers throughout my classroom will help my students to be more engaged during the school day as they will have clearer vision and not experience fatigue or other medical issues.
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