Physical Disabilities Teacher Resources
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Getting to Know People with Physical Disabilities
Students define the terms disability and physical disability, and discuss the various abilities of people who use wheelchairs. They listen to the book, A Very Special Critter, interview a person with a physical disability, and create a class book.
Students role play what it would be like to have a physical disability. In this lesson on acceptance, students listen to the book A Rainbow of Friends by P.K. Hallinan. As a class, the students discuss similarities and differences in people's appearances and abilities. Students take turn role playing what it would be like to live with a physical disability.
Recruiting Help to Attain Personal Goals
At one time or another, people with physical disabilities may require the assistance of others in the community. Here, they engage in one-on-one role-playing sessions to practice recruiting assistance in the community. They practice asking for help so they will have this valuable skill when they need it in a real-life situation. Note: This is a very important skill to address.
Including the Disabled Student
Pupils read and discuss the history of special education in public schools related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Students work in groups to design ways to modify classroom activities based on the needs of a student with a specific disability. Pupils present their ideas for modifying activities and assignments to the class.
Physical Education: Mission Possible
Students participate in a physical education activity, Mission Possible, where they attempt to steal a jug of jewels. They must successfully overcome five challenge areas to complete the activity. Students develop cooperative problem-solving along with refining communication skills.
KIDS ON THE BLOCK PUPPET SHOW
Students explore issues concerning physical disabilities in an entertaining format of a puppet show. They interact and participate when asked to during the show, discuss what they learned from the puppet show.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Disability: Was He Successful in Concealing It?
Learners examine how President Franklin Roosevelt kept his disability out the public eye. In this presidential history lesson, students analyze political cartoons and information from the Roosevelt Library to determine whether or not Roosevelt was successful at keeping his polio condition under wraps.
Physical Differences - Project Children L.E.A.D. - Learning Early to Appreciate Diversity
Students look at pictures from the book "A Rainbow of Friends." They discuss reasons for the title of the book. Students take turns using a wheel chair to play a ball game. They discuss how being in the chair made them feel about the game. Students play a game where some of them are blindfolded and discuss blindness.
Society - Timeline
Students look at a timeline of the development of different disabilities and discuss how different they all are. In this disabilities lesson plan, students then fill out a worksheet of examples of different kinds of disabilities.
Special Protections-Session Six
Parents and children work together in a community circle to discuss caring for people with special needs. In separate groups, the children sing and listen to a story. They discuss ways people are alike, and ways they are different. Parents take on a physical limitation, and explore the site to determine accessibility.
Words of Deep Meaning
Learners create their own poems to express a deep feeling or transformative experience, then write imaginary letters to people in the article, responding to their poetry and sharing their own creative process.
Double Self Portrait
Students meet an artist who overcame learning and physical disabilities and became a successful artist. They use a digital camera to imitate the style of one artist; and explore the connection between the use of technology and art.
Disability and Diversity
Learners list the problems with your school's physical environment for people with some of the disabilities already listed. They also list some of the problems with some peoples' attitudes and suggest problem-solving remedies.
Students explore disabilities. In this Red Cross lesson, students study the story of Graham Hicks whose disabilities do not hold him back.
Boy Scout Merit Badge: Disabilities Awareness
In this boy scout merit badge: disabilities awareness worksheet, 8th graders research the topic using the websites listed, answer 7 detailed questions about access, agencies, disabled people, careers, advocacy then perform certain tasks.
Students examine physical differences amongst themselves. In this diversity lesson, students read the book We're Different, We're the Same. Students name things about their appearance that is different from the person next to them.
Physics of Sound: How We Hear Sounds
Second graders identify the different function and parts of the ear. In this physics instructional activity, 2nd graders explain how we hear sound. They read about the life of Helen Keller and respond to questions that follow.
Center Stage—Focus on the Mentally and/or Physically Challenged
Students discover the skills needed to work with the mentally and physically challenged. In this service learning lesson, students create a set of guidelines for working with the mentally and physically challenged.
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Here is a great app that has tons of potential in helping your child or student with severe to moderate autism, or other intellectual disability, learn words and concepts using research-based methods. Children with autism or PDD NOS have been known to respond well to repetitive or predictable stimuli such as that seen in ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis). This app uses classical conditioning by way of conditional stimulus and conditioned responses to support vocabulary and language development.
Why Garden in New York State Schools?
A lovely presentation in which slide after slide outlines the many educational, physical, emotional, and social benefits of gardening in schools. This presentation is meant to be shown to parents, and would be a terrific choice to present at Back to School Night as a way to introduce your intention to garden with your students.