Why can’t that man walk?

It is important to know how to talk to children about disability. The first step is to speak positively about impairments. Children are curious and will often ask personal and difficult questions, especially when they see something new or interesting. As adults, the way we react to the child’s question...

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Bowling for fun

Bowling is a fun activity that can assist children with disabilities improve their strength, agility and hand-eye coordination. With these adaptations to the traditional game, everyone can join in  Ball games are important for children, as they help to improve overall strength and agility, and develop hand-eye coordination and gross...

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School outings: dos and don’ts

There is nothing more fun for a child than an adventure, but it helps to be prepared – especially when taking children with disabilities on an outing. All children love going on school outings and we, as teachers, need to make sure that children with physical disabilities are fully accommodated....

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Early writing fun

There are many things we can do to encourage writing skills in a young child. Writing should be fun and you need to make sure that it is relevant to the age, development level and interest. When children are young, they love to try to write their own names as...

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Making sweet music!

Children love music – and these instruments can be made and enjoyed by children with mobility impairments Place the instruments in a spot where the child can access them most easily (eg, fitted to wheelchair lap-trays or taped to children’s wrists). As far as possible let the children help to...

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Crossing the midline

Teaching a child to cross their midline is crucial in developing their handwriting, as well as their reading and hand-eye coordination. Use these fun exercises to improve their bilateral coordination When you hear the term ‘midline’, think about an invisible line drawn from the head to the toes that separates...

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Adapt those assessments

It’s important that all children reach their full potential – so how can teachers assist learners in the classroom? Children, regardless of disability, need to be able to reach their full potential at school. One of a teacher’s responsibilities is to assess a learner’s understanding and knowledge in a particular...

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Board (not Bored!) Games

Playing games helps children discover their abilities and the world around them. Here are some games that can be played and modified to accommodate a range of needs. Board games are important for developing many skills, including number and shape recognition grouping and counting letter recognition and reading visual perception...

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Festive fun

This month we take a break from our series on Activities of Daily Living and focus on creating some festive decorations and treats Salty Dough Star Ornaments This easy recipe for festive star ornaments is a fun way to get children involved in the kitchen and develop their fine motor...

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Get dressed

Some children with disabilities experience difficulty performing activities of daily living (ADLs), such as eating, bathing and toileting. Here we look at the activity of dressing Dressing is an important aspect of independent and daily living. It involves a number of skills including fine motor (fastening buttons and zips); gross...

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