AYOUDA asks:

how to teach children with intellectual disabilities?

how i can teach them social skills and fine motor skills in an easy way, with easy materials?
how i can modify the lessons for student with age 13 but with age 7 ability of study?
In Topics: Learning issues and special needs
> 60 days ago



Jan 19, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

Bravo to you for wanting to learn more about teaching children with intellectual difficulties.  Social skills and fine motor skills are two very important areas.  Here are a few suggestions and I encourage our Education.com readers to add more to the list!

1- There are great resources at your local library.  Consider looking up craft books, social stories or videos that are for a child between the ages of 5-9.  This way you will reach a child with a mental ability of 7 at a comfort level all the way to a challenge level.  Start slow and easy and then build up the level of mastery.

2. Consider interactive learning.  The use of hands-on activities can really help a child feel, see, smell, hear and truly learn a skill.  Also, peers can be great as the other person in team learning.

3. Repetition.  A child with a chronological age almost twice his or her mental age will need much repetition.  The same skill or task will need to be introduced over and over again for mastery.  And then perhaps later reintroduced to ensure that that the information has been retained.

4. Community involvement.  One of the best ways to help with social skills is to have volunteers from the community meet and greet your student.  Also,supervised field trips may be another avenue for you to take.

5. Usage of online resource- consider sites such as ABCTeach, Kidlutions or THinkport


Best of luck!

Louise Sattler
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Owner of Signing Families

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