Writing and reading are related processes. Engaging in one enhances the development of the other (Langer & Flihan, 2000). Consider the following suggestions for writing instruction. Stages of Writing. Make Writing Accessible. Write Every Day. Why should we teach writing skills to students with intellectual disabilities? Research At times, we may be tempted to… Read More The Right To Write
Many commonly-taught functional skills can be easily paired with an existing Aligned Standard of Learning(ASOL). It is generally accepted that there is a link between life skills acquisition and life quality. It makes sense to teach academics and functional skills to students with significant intellectual disabilities. But how? And when? . Research What constitutes… Read More Academic Standards or Functional Skills: Why Not Both?
Visit a classroom for students with intellectual and physical disabilities, and you are likely to see a variety of switch activated toys and devices. The types of switches are as plentiful as their uses. This article explores a variety of switches, their uses, and offers several resources. Research Differentiating instruction to meet the wide… Read More Switching Up Your Instruction
“How will I find enough time to teach so many core content subjects and functional skills, too?” “What can I do to make lessons more exciting for the students and myself?” Teachers, if you are asking any of these questions, I have a two-word answer: thematic instruction. “How will I find enough time to… Read More Thematic Teaching
Writing is much more than forming words with a pencil. Putting thoughts or ideas in written form does not require the author to actually hand write the words (Copeland & Keefe, 2007). If your students have difficulty with writing, consider the following modifications. This is not a comprehensive list, so be sure to collaborate with… Read More Let’s Get Ready to Write!
1 Part Academic Skill + 1 Part Functional Skill + High Interest Subject Matter =DYNAMIC LESSON! Many of the ASOL’s lend themselves well to being combined with functional skills. These ASOLs also have the potential to be taught in fun and exciting ways. Finding the time and resources to effectively teach the Aligned Standards… Read More The Art of Teaching Science
Many of the Aligned Standards of Learning lend themselves to being combined with functional skills. These ASOLs also have the potential to be taught in fun and exciting ways. Consider the examples below as ways to engage your students and teach multiple skills at the same time. Number and Number Sense M-NS 14 The… Read More Making Math FUNctional