SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS IN The PRIMARY SCHOOL
When you get your new class it is important to note any children who are included on the SEN register. Talk to the SENCO about the needs of these children.
Read any notes given to you from the previous teacher and ask him/her how he/she worked with the child(ren) concerned.
If in doubt, ask your colleagues for help.
Ask for further training if you feel you need it. Education Boards have emergency support initiative funding for such as purpose.
The peripatetic service are available too; use them.
There is some suggestion that physical activity is very important in helping children acquire other skills which require bilateral integration (i.e. the working together of both sides of the brain). It is thought that spending hours inactive, e.g. watching TV, playing on computers etc. may miss out on stages of development which they would have experienced from activities such as climbing, running around etc.
Ideas for PE for wheelchair users:
with a partner/classroom assistant - partner bounces ball to child who catches it and bounces it back, extend by moving at same time - carer concentrating on moving wheelchair so that child can concentrate on ball.
child rolls hoops alongside chair in a relay where others hop or bounce.
Play uni-hockey where carer moves the wheelchair and child manoeuvres ball.