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2 weeks 5 days ago #816 by Jeannette Antalek
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Good Morning,

I have a 13 year old student in my self-contained classroom. She has CP, CVI and a seizure disorder and presents with significant impairments beyond her peers in my classroom.

She's had decent intervention since entering school and has learned to do a lot of things... activate switches, answer basic yes/no questions (by moving her eyes up for yes, and shaking her head for no) etc. However she's very passive in her learning. She is calm and quiet and just kind of waits for things to happen around her. She also seems to be in a lot of discomfort and has very very limited mobility. She will often sleep in class because the activities really aren't on her level or motivating.

I believe active learning is a more beneficial approach than continuing to just modify curriculum and activities for her. I built her a little room (out of PVC, so it's not the "real deal" but its a start). She seems interested in it and has moved enough to interact with some of the items.

I'd like to work this into her IEP but I'm not sure how to start. I'm a self-contained class that rents space in a public school (we're not affiliated with the school). We don't have a lot of space, and I'm the only one trying this approach. Anything I buy or make is going to come out of my own pocket...

What is my next step? Where might you start IEP/goal wise? How much time each day would you recommend her spending in the little room and how might I justify that in her IEP?

I appreciate any suggestions. Also, is there a FB page or forum to share ideas, post pictures etc? Something like that would be really really helpful!
2 weeks 4 days ago #823 by Charlotte Cushman
Charlotte Cushman replied the topic: Goals and IEPs
Hi Jeannette,

It sounds like this student could definitely benefit from an Active Learning approach! You may wish to begin by identifying what you want her to learn or to do, in collaboration with other members of the team. Have you done an assessment, such as the Functional Scheme Assessment? That is a good place to start.

Keep in mind that not all goals will be addressed in all activities. For her, you may wish to start with something addressing her becoming more of an active participant, such as "___ will independently touch preferred materials which are placed within her reach, 80% of the time" or something like that. This would give you more flexibility than just the PVC activity mobile. Her team may be interested in elastic boards www.activelearningspace.org/things-you-can-make/elastic-board , which don't take up a lot of space and are easy to present or vests, aprons, gloves www.activelearningspace.org/things-you-c...gloves-scarves-belts . Many people find it helpful to team up with a voc tech class or school volunteers or parents who may be interested in helping to make some of these materials.

In other words, the emphasis on the goal should be on the BEHAVIOR that she will demonstrate rather than just the piece of equipment. You can always add that to the criteria, e.g. "___ will independently touch preferred materials which are placed within her reach in a Little Room, Activity Wall, Elastic Board, Resonance board, etc., 80% of the time". You just want to be careful to keep the focus on the behavior or skill that she is learning, rather than just the equipment.

As for Facebook pages, have a look at: www.facebook.com/groups/www.lilliworks.org/

Good luck!
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