My students are the most amazing kids! They are all exceptional education students with identified disabilities that require some type of additional support in order for them to access the general education curriculum.
The greatest thing about my students is their hearts!
They want to learn, but sometimes they struggle to fit into the regular classroom. One of the most challenging areas are student with ADHD. The general education classroom has so many exciting things going on that it is sometimes hard for these students to stay focused on just on thing until it is finished. It's not that they don't want to pay attention - they want to pay attention to everything!
It's so amazing to see the huge changes that small supports can make for students. With the right help, these student SOAR! My students start out behind, but they are able to make fantastic gains in academic achievements once they have the right combination of supports.
Many students struggle to demonstrate their full abilities because they have difficultly sustaining their focus in the general education classroom. My goal as a special educator is to help my students and their teachers fully access all aspects of their school day. To do that, some students need sensory processing tools. Two of our most successful tools are noise dampening headphones to block out sound and allow students to improve their concentration, and weighted lap pad that center a student who may have difficult restraining bodily movements.
These tools came make a world of difference for a struggling child.
I have seen weighted lap pads turn a child who is constant movement into a full-focused student. Some teachers claim that it is real magic! Noise dampening headphones are so popular that we never seem to have enough to go around. Once students experience the benefits of these tools, they are asking for the supports and that puts them on the road to accelerated success!
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