Remarkable Ideas

When you’re in the classroom with a room full of diverse students it often presents a challenge to include all students into various activities. You might have a student with hearing impairment, difficulties with vision, learning difficulties or a student with significant physical motor disabilities. I’ve come across some great ideas that can be useful for engaging and allowing the participation of students with disabilities into the classroom.

I’ve been enjoying the flow of ideas that have come from the Ablenet Remarkable Ideas webpage. They come to me in an email format on a regular basis so I can see the awesome ideas people have come up with to include early childhood, school aged children and adults with a range of disabilities into everyday activities and settings. Lots of people such as special education teachers have contributed their ideas.

Whether it is helping the student to be a part of making hot chocolate, having a game of ten pin bowling or blending up a surprise concoction you can check out these ideas and have some fun! Use them as they are or adapt them to your own situation. You could also learn about some new ways to use a Step by Step for communication or another way to use a Powerlink and make an electrical device accessible.

The ideas allow you to target a range of skills such as cause and effect, waiting for your turn, visual follows, anticipation, group working, numeracy, team work, social scripts, following steps to achieve goal – just to name a few!

If you come up with any ideas of your own, then we’d love to hear them too!

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About Charlene Cullen

Charlene has worked as a speech pathologist, supporting people with complex communication needs and learning disabilities for the past 15 years. She has worked in a variety of roles within the Disability Services of Western Australia, including Senior Speech Pathologist, Rural and Remote Resource Therapist and Regional Team Manager.

Charlene is a trained Key Word Sign (formerly Makaton) presenter, certified Hanen It Takes Two to Talk presenter and a member of the Apple Consultants Network. Charlene is also an official Proloquo2Go / Proloquo4Text trainer, and TBoxApps Trainer for Therapy Box.

Charlene has developed strong skills in and a passion for, the area of AAC and assistive technologies. She enjoys presenting workshops and providing consultancy services to support and educate parents, teachers and therapists in the use and application of inclusive technologies.

Charlene is a full time member of the Professional and Consultancy Services Team at Spectronics.

AGOSCI State Representative for Victoria (2012-present); Key Word Sign Victoria committee member (2012-present).

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