LMES Special NeedsInstructor: Deberry, Cynthia
The goal of the special needs class at Leroy Massey Elementary is to make all students as independent as possible. There are many ways in which this goal is addressed. All students are given access to Georgia Performance Standards that are on grade level using age appropriate materials. Collaboration with teachers throughout the school helps to ensure that the same standards are being taught in regular and special education classes. Students participate in inclusion activites in a variety of ways that are best suited for the needs of the individual child. Inclusion opportunities include school wide activites, music, computer lab, physical education, and participation in regular education classes for content material. Our class participates in a Community Based Instruction program to help generalize the skills we are working on in class to real life environments. This program helps to ensure that students can use academic and functional skills taught in the classroom in community settings. As they are eligible, students participate in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, services for the visually impaired, and orientation and mobilty services. Functional skills are embedded into ongoing classroom activites. A collaborative approach involving teachers, parents, administration and therapists helps to create a balanced program to meets the individual needs of each child.
Through the end of November, our class will be studying apples and pumpkins. We have many exciting activities planned including a community based instruction trip to trade day to look for different types of apples. We will also graph the number of seeds we find in an apple and a pumpkin, survey students and faculty to see which color apples they prefer and how they best like to eat pumpkin, and …