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Topic: I need help writing an article on teaching "needs kids"

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Subject: I need help writing an article on teaching "needs kids"
Date Posted: 1/11/2010 10:47 PM ET
Member Since: 3/21/2009
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The topic is "teaching the needs child"  from the  homeschool enrichment teacher's point of view.

Great! I have a grandchild whom I homeschool. He has Autism and goes to enrichment classes on Tuesday's. The teacher's there are trying to find better ways of teaching special needs kids in their classroom. There seem to be an abundance of kids with Autsim this year. Not surprising. They need ideas and MY point of view as a homeschooling grandparent and a parent of a special needs child, I have one day to do a newpaper article. Got the request at 7 this evening. Great! 

Does anyone have any off the cuff ideas?


Thanks so much,



Subject: sensory
Date Posted: 1/12/2010 9:01 AM ET
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I would research Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID), as most kids with ASD have it.  Teaching in multi-sensory ways, and "out of the box" is most helpful.  In a homeschooling environment, or cooperative, this is easier than in a classroom setting.

They need some "heavy work" for proprioception - lots of jumping, "wheelbarrows", etc.  Also hands-on stuff for sensory appeal, such as writing in sand/flour/rice on a jelly roll pan, writing on vertical surfaces, etc.  Music goes well with movement also, and helps organize their brains and bodies.

I would read Carol Stock Kranowitz's books The Out of Sync Child and The Out of Sync Child has Fun.


mom to ASD DD 9 yrs old