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I Can Do it Myself:
One of the most common responses when providing additional assistance to students in inclusive classrooms is “I can do it myself”. Of course my response is “Of course you can!”. Bringing tools into an inclusive classroom for specific students can sometimes have an adverse reaction especially if the student feels they are being singled out. If it’s good for Special Education, it is probably a good tool for any child in any classroom- whomever may need it!
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When I taught a resource push in model, I would often work collaboratively with the teacher to find out where ALL her students were having difficulties and have an assortment of tools for ALL kids, ESE and non-ESE. I would then make sure to offer them to ALL the kids. They become excited about discovering for themselves which tools work for them. This allows the students to be motivated to seek assistive technology as a way to become more independently supported without targeting them as not being able to do the same tasks as their peers. This approach also happens to work quite well with the Response to Intervention model which supports the inclusive intervention approach especially with the use of low tech. assistive technology.
Some of the best items featured in the Abilitations catalog are the tools for writing. I have found these are essential classroom tools for a diverse curriculum. With a bit of initial guidance these tools can be integrated into a classroom in a way that allows ALL kids to say “I can do it by myself”!
Visual Stress tools
Great tools for comprehension support, eye tracking, staying on task
Great to help support proper positioning for writing
Writing Tools with Paper and Classroom Sets for Interventions