There has been a 16% increase in children with disabilities over the past decade.
The good news is, Asthma is down. The bad news is, neurodevelopmental disabilities are on the rise. That's CVI, ONH, and Autism.
We, as educators, are charged with leading our students’ teams in the fight for their independence.
So, what can we do about it? We surely can’t just sit around and complain about it.
Students with multiple disabilities need their education to be meaningful and yet, individualized. (According to science).
How do we do that?
We start by participating in the greater conversation, like this one.
What have you seen as the trends happening on your caseload? Do you agree that the disabilities you are seeing now are more neurological than physical?
3 Simple Ideas to Facilitate Your Students’ Independence
Offer choices. I like to offer 2-3 choices. Maybe let your student choose which location to travel to; Which skill they want to work on first; Or even let them choose a prize at the end of your lesson. Offering choices allows the students to be active participants in their own lives.
Utilize Routines. Millie Smith taught us that routines allow students to pay attention to your teachings and expand their learning. I like to have a very structured beginning and ending sequence for all of my lessons, no matter the subject.
Set high, but realistic expectations. Work with your team members (including parents) to create a set of expectations that everybody can follow.
How are you going to be getting involved in the greater educational conversation?
Are you going to apply to speak at the International O&M Symposium?
Are you joining our fall professional development options?
Or, are you choosing another route? Check out the links and comment below. I'd love to know your thoughts.
All the best,