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Subject: Looking for ideas for special needs children
Date Posted: 7/15/2008 9:30 PM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2008
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I work with special needs/severe and profound children who are nonverbal.  Any ideas on what I could do with them that they would really enjoy?

Date Posted: 8/10/2008 11:58 PM ET
Member Since: 2/1/2007
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I have found that puppets and stuffed animals have been successful with kids of all ages.  I was so surprised one day when I had asked my learning disabled children to tell the class how to multiply two digit numbers.  No one out of my group of 5 would volunteer.  One finally asked if his puppet could tell us!  I was in awe when he promptly took his puppet up to the board and explained the process perfectly, in a clear voice and with great confidence. The teacher learned that day!  Their use might encourage language with your students.  I also used them as props for the stories I would read aloud.  I also found them helpful in role playing appropriate behavior in certain situations.  The kids would role play another way to have acted after inappropriate behavior had occured. I must have 3 dozen different ones, most of which I bought at thrift stores for less than a dollar each, usually 25 cents.  I would take them home, tie them into a pillow case and toss them into the washer.  So far, everyone survived the washing!  I only wish that I had used puppets and stuffed animals from Day 1 of my teaching career.

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 5:59 PM ET
Member Since: 11/11/2007
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That is an awesome idea Melanie.  Diana, how are you working with that great group of kids? Are you their teacher? Aide? nurse? therapist? That would help to know. 

The nonverbal kids I had loved to swim, and its very therapeutic for them. They also loved playing will balls and some simple games you would  play with toddlers such a peek-a-boo. Of course, there are some students that are nonverbal and above average intelligence but I am assuming you mean nonverbal due to cognitive impairments. Let me know more and we can brainstorm more ideas!