Wednesday, August 29, 2012
How to Help a Student in a Wheelchair--HELP!
This year has been the craziest yet! The challenge of moving to a new building has been magnified by the addition of two more EXTREMELY needy kids!
I have one student in particular I was wondering if any readers could give me some ideas on. I have concerns in several areas of our school day:
The student has a wheelchair, but is able to physically sit in a regular class chair for up to 30 minutes. However, while at the table he bangs his hands on it, kicks the foot support, and grabs at other student materials. Needless to say, this is not ideal table behavior and it makes the other kids very uneasy.
Everything I put in this child's hand either goes straight into his mouth or is thrown across the room. He has also hit other kids with things he has thrown which again makes them uneasy. Mom has been sending in a blanket that he enjoys chewing on which reduces the chewing on everything else. However, this does not address the issue of not being able to put anything in his hand.
A lot of our school day takes place up at the board whether that means placing manipulatives in the pocket chart or on the calendar or using the interactive whiteboard. This poses an additional issue for this child because it is hard for him to physically get to the board either because his wheelchair won't fit or because he really resists walking (with assistance).
I don't have any specific questions beyond WHAT DO I DO?!?! I have never felt this clueless about a student. And I HATE having to resort to a paraprofessional taking him to the other side of the room to work privately. This is just totally not my style! I pride myself on being able to differentiate for all of my kids and this child has really got me stumped! Additionally, with 7 other high-need kiddos being short an aide is awful!
To top it all off I need to write a 30-day review IEP by September 21st and I have NO idea what to do!! The last IEP he had addresses locating his name, matching objects, and receptively identifying colors. None of these things seem realistic at this time.
Any ideas or links to resources would be GREATLY appreciated!
Thanks blog friends!