Types of Special Need
TEACHING PUPILS WITH DOWN'S SYNDROME
Make sure work
level is appropriate as children with Down's get frustrated more easily if
work is too hard; they can also get upset if work is too different from others
in the class as they dislike being singled out.
Make sure the
child knows and understands the rules; he/she should be treated no different
from peers if deliberately disobeying. - all staff should be aware of need for
behaviour with visual reinforcement and reward.
bad behaviour; try to distract or ignore child; try 'time-out'
school a home-school book is useful to ensure parents and teachers are working
coding, diagrams etc. to help pupil get to know timetable.
to have lists of equipment for different days. - classroom assistant might
help with this.
Make the child
aware when he/she has to listen, e.g. point to your ears.
Allow lots of
opportunities for practice when learning a new skill and try to use it in many
e.g. use flash cards with family
photographs and names underneath, then use a second set with just names. Then
introduce high frequency words to make above into sentences. "Mummy and Daddy
sentences from every day conversation. Make reading books personal to child.
Make sure any
published reading books used are within the level of the child's
children with Down's reduce distractions and keep activities short
Playing games which encourage children
to follow instructions without visual clues. Play Kim's game, Pairs etc.
Make use of pictures and diagrams where
possible when assessing comprehension.
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