Saturday, November 2, 2013

Whole Class Accommodations

Learning disabilities and other special needs impact the way children learn and process information. It is important to set up an environment for special needs children that will help them to be as successful as possible.

Keep an organized classroom and limit distractions. These seem like simple and obvious things to do, but we tend to overlook them at times. When I say keep an organized classroom, I mean keep the students organized as well. You can do this by labeling things, giving them checklists, and check their notebooks or backpacks for organization at the end of every day. To minimize distractions, seat them away from doors, windows, and air conditioners. You may also give them breaks to help them stay on track.

Use music when making transitions. About 3 minutes before an activity is going to end, play some music that will prep them for the transition. You may also find sounds to use that go along with the theme of your classroom! For example, if you have a beach theme, you may want to use ocean sounds!

Instructions should be broken down into smaller, more manageable tasks.  Use sentences that are simple and concrete. It may be a good idea to give directions verbally and visually, depending upon the students' needs.

Use a variety of learning strategies. Every child does not learn the same way, so we must teach our lessons with a multi-sensory approach. I think it is so important to try and include visual, auditory, and tactile learning into every lesson. It can be a challenge at times!! 

Set your students up for success. Students need to be successful in order to stay motivated. Special needs students need a challenge, but they also need to be able to accomplish what you ask them to do. Breaking instructions down into smaller, more manageable tasks is a big one in my book for setting students up for success! 

I hope that these help in some way. If anything, I hope they were good reminders. Have a great weekend! 

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  1. Great, comprehensive post! Thanks for sharing!

    Also, I love your blog design - is it new?

    Mindful Rambles

  2. Tasha! Fabulous post! I love the idea of using music to prep them for the transition. Brilliant. Totally going to incorporate the idea this week :)

    Crofts' Classroom