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Okay, so I’m takin classes to be an education assistant and community support worker and I have a neat project coming up that I’d love some unique input on! We’re studying to work with people with special needs, disabilities, exceptionalities(the latest term) you’ll hear me say special needs because I think that is a fair enteral umbrella for the population we work with, and it describes both potential spectrums of potential needs. They’re not goo or bad needs, jut specialized needs. Anyways, that’s totally not the point!
So the project is called the “supported learning assignment” we have to pick a basic skill and find a creative way to teach a person with special needs how to do that thing. It can be anything from getting dressed in the mornin to making a sandwich to a daily schedule or organizational skills for higher functioning People. Life skills like shopping, money management, personal care etc. it can be geared to any person school age and above with any sort of special need or disability.
My head is spinning at all the ideas that are possible. She showed us a whole bunch of past students props and there are some really cool ideas! We’re allowed to pick ideas that have been done before, we just have to put our own creative spin on the practical application aspect. Think pictures, charts you can Velcro symbols too, things like clocks with movable hands, etc.
There’s a ton of crazy awesome insight on the Bee and I’d love to hear if you have any ideas! Do you know someone who could have used help learning to do something? If you’re not familiar with people with special needs, think teaching something to kids; what kind of essential skills can we break down so that it’s simple and easy for them to understand?
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This sounds like a really great project! So many different directions you could go!!
I’m in a really specialized section of special ed because my degree is solely for deaf/hard of hearing students. I do however work with some students with multiple disabilities so I know where you’re coming from.
I know the big new thing in education is the iPad, all of the special ed/speech and language/deaf and HoH teachers are given one to use with their students here. Our regular ed students also use them since their textbooks are loaded onto them. They get a lot of use in special ed already because of the amazing apps but for students with fine motor skills they don’t always get to have the full benefit since it’s all direct pointing or swiping. So I’m not sure that’s a topic you’re looking into but if you had a creative way to make the iPad more accessible that’d be great!
For my older/higher functioning students another life skill that would be great would be grocery shopping. If you had a creative way to teach them how to make a list of what they need, or transportation to the store, or how to find their items once in the store, or money managment at checkout. On that topic, money managment in general is another great skill. Most wallets have bills in one section and change in the other. If you had a creative way to allow for bills seperated and change seperated so they have an easier time finding the one they need for that instance that could be super useful!
In my field specifically, as students get older if they’re non-verbal/use sign language developing a flipbook with common phrases or that is laminated with common phrases and a blank they can fill in with marker would be great. Giving them an effective and efficient way to communicate with hearing people. Having to write a whole conversation down every time takes a lot of time and can be very frustrating, especially because some deaf students (especially if they have additional disabilities) don’t have great written english. A laminated flipbook with pages that explain they are deaf, that has pages like “I want _____” “Where is ______” etc. I am guessing that they may be useful for other non-verbal but higher functioning students as well?
Another awesome idea would be a book or something bigger that had pages that let students practice the many types of fasteners on their clothing. If you could buy just the fasteners from a craft shop and glue them down to pages so students could practice zipping/unzipping, buttoning/unbuttoning, snapping/unsnapping, etc. That may be a great first step to helping them dress themselves, especially if they have fine motor problems or vision/physical problems that make it difficult for them to see the fastener when it’s physically on them.
Whew. Long post! Good luck!! I’d love to hear what you end up doing! 🙂