"Love these ideas. I also read Martianne's play dough blog and got lots of new ideas there as well. I look forward to using them in my special ed classroom next year, and with my sweet baby if she EVER decides to use her hands!
"My child is only 18 months, but what I do is let the therapist lead, join in when possible, get on the floor, encourage and praise my child, find toys with noises or lights to attract her attention when the therapist needs her to look up, and help…"
"I concentrate on your #3. I look for sensory stimulation everywhere we go. For instance, tonight we were walking around the track while my husband coached my son in 7-on-7 football. I just thought about what I had access to right then that would be…"
"I'm big on Jensen's tip #2, although I didn't know where it came from until I just read that. I get the kids up as often as possible -- probably every 10-20 minutes. We do class "cheers" that involve standing up and sitting…"
"My baby girl has been diagnosed with being legally blind, and unofficially diagnosed as hypotonic. The blindness is currently being called CVI, although no one seems sure at this point. Like Kelli R's son, she uses her feet to explore, reach…"
"And what do you do with the infant -- actually 1 1/2 year old -- who doesn't use her hands at all, for anything? Well, OK, she chews on one of them. We have therapists working to no avail. Any suggestions?"
"Just another reason for my concern. My special needs daughter will not use her hands at all for anything -- except that she chews on one of them. She is 16 months old. This doesn't really seems to be sensory defensiveness, but maybe . . .She is…"
"I started teaching in special education 3 years ago. I was shocked that I was expected to write IEP goals for students that I had not tested, taught, or even MET yet! But I was told that is just the way it's done. I still have to do this when…"
"Even though I am a special education teacher with 13 years teaching experience, some of these numbers are still surprising. But the statistic that takes my breath away, causes me great concern, and does not even really surprise me is that…"
I have an infant who was originally diagnosed with optic nerve hypoplasia, but later a the ophthalmologist's partner dilated her eyes and said it is not ONH. He examined her and sent her for a VEP test. His conclusion is that her eyes…"
"Thanks, Martianne! I have 2 or 3 students in each class. I work with the regular curriculum as much as possible, but modify it as necessary. My 3rd graders will start fractions in the new year. In reading we do alot with learning specific skills…"
"As a first grade teacher I had the kids moving as much as possible. Now that I have classes for only 45 minutes, though, I've kind of gotten away from that. However, my classes are special ed, and those kids would probably benefit greatly from…"