Developmental & Behavioral Disorders Teacher Resources

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Students examine and discuss common myths and misconceptions about persons with disabilities and with a partner plan an outing for a community activity. They read and complete the handout "Developmental Disabilities: Truth or Myth?" and discuss the answers as a class.
Developmentally disabled young scholars participate in the creation of their own social stories. They select a topic for their social story and work with the teacher to write a social story or create a video social story presentation.
To better understand technical text developmentally disabled students engage higher level thinking skills by making a hand movement while simultaneously speaking a number. They practice mental math by adding sums from 0-10.
Students consider disruptive school behavior and how school districts in several states are turning to the juvenile justice system for help. They debate this issue from a variety of perspectives, and write a paper.
Many developmentally disabled students struggle with accurately conveying messages and interpreting those of others around them, especially when they are non-verbal. This lesson plan contains fun activities and exercises, such as talking with their hands and reacting scenes, as well as great instructional support to practice these skills. Learners review body language and paraphrasing as tools for improving communication.
High schoolers investigate methods to get along. In this philosophy lesson, students explore different methods to disarm an argument or confrontation they disagree with. They discuss aggression, rule breaking and disagreements.
Students discuss the nature of stereotyping and prejudicial behavior and their feelings regarding people with visible disabilities. They view part of documentary Graduating Peter then work in groups to chart people's reactions and expectations of Peter. Individuals then compose five myths about people with developmental disabilities.
Third graders identify healthy methods of self-control. In this health lesson plan, 3rd graders take control of their own actions as they take part in a creative activity in which they learn healthy ways to monitor and control themselves.
STRONG--an acronym for goal-setting success! Using a graphic organizer and useful acronym, your learners develop a goal plan for the class as a whole, while considering the requirements of, and obstacles to, achieving their goal. Briefly review the goal with your class at the beginning of each day and then at the conclusion of the goal's time frame, have your class reflect on their collaborative process.
Should the death penalty for juveniles be considered cruel and unusual punishment? After analyzing the various arguments surrounding this topic and reading several quotes offered by Supreme Court justices in 2005 on the issue, have your learners write a speech that they might give before the court explaining their position on the topic.
Social stories are wonderful teaching tools specifically designed for learners with Asperger's, autism, PDD-NOS, non-verbal learning disabilities, or other developmental disabilities. They are used to model appropriate social behaviors in a wide variety of contexts. They also act almost as a schedule or anticipation guide to help children work through the steps of various social situations.
“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.”—Sam Ewing. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson one of 20 begins with a warm-up activity using a medicine ball to pass around as kids get to know each other’s names. This also gives the instructor time to go over rules and etiquette for the class. The main part of the lesson covers balance and the introduction of the crane stance, the cat stance, and the snap kick. It’s worth taking a look at this entire unit.
Seventh graders explore their personal health by completing a worksheet.  In this healthy living lesson, 7th graders examine the health triangle and research ways to prevent at risk behavior.  Students complete a health survey based on their own habits to assess their health status.
Middle schoolers explore the concept of entrepreneurship. In this entrepreneurship lesson, students read an article about how the CEO of JetBlue has become successful. Middle schoolers discuss how ADHD has helped the CEO of JetBlue. Students spend thirty minutes writing down and idea that pops in their head.
A quick overview of defining learning disabilities, where they stem from, and how they affect learning.
Students evaluate human health by identifying pubescent changes. In this sexual maturity lesson, students identify the importance of waiting until the appropriate age to have sexual intimacy. Students complete a worksheet based on puberty vocabulary terms and social circles.
This is not a lesson per se but there is some very good information. We, as teachers, are bound by law to report abuse. If you are comfortable, I think it's a good idea to let your classes know that you care and that this is a duty you have. It may open a door for a student who needs your help.
What are healthy friendships? What makes a friendship unhealthy? There are several worksheets for your high schoolers to do to answer some of these questions and more about their friends and ideas about friendship. Inspire some great conversations with your class, who will definitely have something to say about the topic.
Students research psychology by examining real life situations. For this human relationships lesson, students discuss the importance of respect among two people in a romantic relationship. Students examine images of people in relationships and answer theoretical relationship questions.
This is a very comprehensive lesson on infant and preschool sexual development. It says only one class period, but I think it could be several days worth of materials to cover. The point of view taken here is from that of being a parent. Learning about what is normal sexual development in infants and young children is important. These facts will be helpful when it's time to plan for one's own family and how to handle these situations when they occur.