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barbara

special needs children and adults

JUST WANT TO INTRODUCE MYSELF. BARBARA IS MY NAME RECREATION IS MY GAME. I WORK WITH CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. I WORK WITH RESPITE PROGRAMS ie:camps, after school, and sat programs. I AM LOOKING FOR NEW IDEAS IN THE AREAS OF ARTS AND CRAFTS, ADAPTED GAMES ETC. I HAVE BEEN IN THE FIELD FOR 25 YEARS  SO I AM LOOKING FOR  NEW AND UPDATED IDEAS.  MAYBE I  CAN BE OF HELP TO OTHERS ALSO....

 

 

 



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Becke

For the teachers working with our children in the self-contained classes at our school, I've developed a good working relationship with a local artist and with the local quilter's guild. In the work contracts with them, I've included several of the objectives from the student's IEP's. Hand/eye coordination, using tools, new vocabulary words, math and science skills (mixing paints, etc.) and many other objectives, as well as learning and having fun work well with these projects.

Other activities include a bird project, safety unit, gardening, and a small animal unit, all following IEP objectives, but also developing an appreciation and understanding of new and different things.

Teachers and students enjoy the projects, and local people provide "inclusion" and a better understanding of the abilities of those with disabilities.

Becke

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Roseanne

Hello
I work in a day program for special needs adults, and am always on the look out for ideas for activities and crafts, etc. Any suggestions would be helpful. My group is very diverse, so I find my biggest challenge is finding something that the majority of them can participate in.

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concerned mom

My kids love all arts and crafts. They love to cut and glue, so we make collages using different textured materials. Often we gear them towards a theme. We just returned from the beach and collected some interesting shells. I had my kids paint the shells, then cut out cardboard frames in which we'll be placing our beach photos. They also like to string beads which we make into bracelets, necklaces, etc. This is a great activity that enhances fine motor skills, and the jewelry makes great party favors. If you have any of your own ideas, please pass them along. Thx.

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donnaj

adults and children with learning disabilities...some work is volunteer and others a small payment...I need help with individual math games, english, and science activities. the kids are in 3rd and 4th but have different learning difficulties. The adults have a variety of learning problems too! donna

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donnaj

I work with adults and kids...there are lots of folder games out there...and leap frog has good programs too!

I am looking for interactive games for adults and kids...let me know if you can help me. donnaj

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Diana Judy

I recentley got a job running a day group program.Mon-Friday working with mentally challagned adults. Between 6 and 16 at a time. Diffrent levels of need. Could you give me some ideas of things to do.
Thank you so much

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Diana Judy

I do the same things could you send me any ideas you get. Thank you so much

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pernlady

I'm new to this board. My son has Asperger's and ADHD I'm looking for some mom's to talk to. I'm single now and ex doesn't know how to help.
Master Artist has been DX'd for years but we are just now learning to deal with that side of him. His problems in school were always thought to be caused by the ADHD but in reality are caused by the AS

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LMS

Hi. My name is Laura. I have a special needs son.(CP, ADHD) graduating high school this year. (Mom is still choking up...where did my baby go?)....lol. I am a single mom and desperately in search of some type of day program that I can enroll him in. I have to work and he doesn't need to sit home watching television all day. He needs to continue with his life skill training, job training, and education. A group home is not an option for me because I want him home with me. So, I'm looking for something that I can enroll him in during the day. I live in MS but I am willing to move if need be. If anyone has a listing or advice or something (anything) that I can begin my search I would forever thank you. I have searched for places but I guess I have not looked in the right places. Needing to get busy with this.....my baby is graduating in May. Okay, there goes another tear.....lol.

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2xstepmom

You state you want your son home with you, but his needs are most important. If a group home would be best for him, then it should be considered. There are many wonderful group homes and programs in our area. All the residents seem to be happy, independent and active members of the community. Your son deserves that chance. Your job as a parent is to prepare your child to be on his own. If he were not special needs, would you prevent him from going away to college, or get an apartment with his friends? It is difficult to let any young adult child go, but necessary. Of course, your door will always be open to him. My 25 y/o daughter is NLD, left for a few years and has been back for a year. She is beginning college and wants to get a house with friends. We may worry, but must let our babies grow, that is part of life.