Accommodating children with special needs in the classroom
The egg yolk represents those children who also have some recognized or perceived circumstances and/or condition that substantially limits their learning.
They have been recommended to a school committee and approved for special environmental/physical accommodations in their school setting, under the 1973 Rehabilitation Act's Section 504 statute.
The activities and materials used in most early childhood classrooms are designed to meet the needs of many children with or without disabilities.
When they do not meet the specific needs of a child, they can be adapted or expanded to accommodate that child's individual needs.
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These can range from simple devices, such as Mayer Johnson Picture Symbols and communication boards, to high-tech choices, such as speaking devices or computers.
A speech therapist helps the student learn to use the devices, while a special needs teacher or teaching assistant might work with the child and the devices in the classroom.
Adaptations can make the difference between a child merely being present in the class and a child being actively involved.
Developing adaptations and accommodations for a child with special needs is a continuous process that involves each child's collaborative team. are available from the Publications Office of the Institute on Community Integration.
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