this is for my edf 2085 class. So i went to a special needs classroom at Quest (which is a school for special needs kids) I had to do a fieldwork report on the classroom and what i saw.
The kids that I am working with today are special needs. Each child has an Individualized education plan. There are four other aides that specialized in special needs to help the teacher in the classroom. The kids are extremely active and each one has their own personality. Each kid has their own ability to perform different tasks. The teacher’s aides all get along and as a group their communication is great.
We started the class off with numbers. She asks what day it is and everyone says it in unison. Positive reinforcement is extremely important in this class. (i.e. gummy worms, m&m, skittles etc.) Each child feels a sense of accomplishment by the positive feedback they get. She gives little treats to the kids if the answer the questions correctly and behave well. There are behavioral techs there that aids the teacher when the child has emotional outbursts/behaviors in class. Every teacher has a special button that calls the behavior tech and then they help to calm the child.
We break for lunch and I realize the different forms of autism. Each child was different from the next. There were kids in wheelchairs and others with protective gear on. Lunch is over and we are back in class. Ms. Lacey then allows Ms. Sylvia to go over a speech lesson. She (Ms. Sylvia) is a speech pathologist. She gives the students an assignment Called who or what? This assignment allows the students to focus on their cognitive and also allows them to differentiate where things are. The questions are for example who is not wearing a mask? What shape is a star fish. What did the guy find with the flashlight? Christopher didn’t want to participate see he moved away from the desk and decided to go to the corner of the classroom. So, there is a special corner in the classroom where the kids go to sit down if they feel overwhelmed. This helps to lower the tantrums of the kids.
The state of Florida does expect you to teach grade level standards. Ms. Lacey (the teacher) reinforces the children’s memory of the week by putting positive words in front of the day of the week. For example: terrific Tuesday, fun Friday etc. Christopher decides to come back to his seat and is talking and participating a lot more in class. IN todays speech class Ms. Sylvia has a game where the students must answer basic questions and move their individual pieces on the board.
Today was the same as yesterday the exercises are repetitive so that the kids will be able to retain the information for the new school year. So by using this technique students are able to follow directions better and also it gives them the sense of repetition. Christopher is having a great day participating & behaving in class. After lunch we worked on forming sentences.