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Old 04-26-2011, 09:06 PM   #1
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Question Advice for a teacher

I am a student preparing to be a teacher and I want to know how to meet the needs of a student with cerebral palsy. What would you want your child's teacher to know?

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Old 04-29-2011, 06:38 PM   #2
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Re: Advice for a teacher

It has been helpful for my son to have notes prepared for him. Although he can write well, it is very slow. I also want teachers to encourage him to be as independent as possible.

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Old 05-11-2011, 01:08 PM   #3
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Re: Advice for a teacher

How old is the child? How involved? I could write a book for you.. :-)

Old 05-21-2011, 08:11 PM   #4
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Re: Advice for a teacher

I am in high school and depending on the severity of our disability we want to be treated as normal as possible

Old 06-28-2011, 06:40 PM   #5
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Re: Advice for a teacher

I agree about the notes: while I can write notes it always took me longer than everyone else.

-keep a copy on your notes in handout form so the student can copy the notes in his/her notebook and not feel rushed.

-understand that it may take the student longer to finish test.

-Seat student by the door for safe purposes in case of fire.

-Interact with the student as much as possible and make them feel part of the class. Ask them how there day is going and let them know you care.

-Understand that the student may not be able to move about the room. If a student asks what they missed in class the day before give them the assignment. They can not just grab the paperwork out of a folder on the back wall.

-When assigning partner activities or group work make sure the disabled student has a partner if they want it or assign groups. Some students don't speak up because they don't want to stand out.

-If you notice the student is struggling with a concept do not single them out. Just talk to them before or after class and offer some one on one help before or after school!

-Be positive

Old 07-11-2011, 08:00 PM   #6
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Re: Advice for a teacher

Just because they have physical problems does not mean they have mental problems. I was always viewed as being slow, but in reality I did better then most of my classmates.

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