This is Me

Hi. My name is Monica Brown. I am 12 years old.

Yes, I have cerebral paIsy but look past my physical disability and get to know some interesting things about me

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Strengths


  • I love to laugh-people say I have a great sense of humour
  • I am a loyal friend-good social skills
  • I enjoy writing stories. I am creative.
  • I love animals- I have 2 cats and a dog
  • I see and hear well unlike many people with C.P.
  • My ability to think is fine but I have trouble speaking clearly

Needs

  • I use a power wheelchair to move about and need help to transfer in and out of it
  • I have limited use of my arms and legs- this affects my gross and fine motor skills but I still feel cold, hot, texture, and pain
  • I need help with everyday things such as eating, drinking, going to the bathroom, dressing/undressing and even changing positions in my wheelchair
  • Don't feel sorry for me- get to know the real me and be my friend

Accommodations- Instructional, Environmental and Assessment

  • Use of multi-sensory learning materials
  • Frequent breaks to re-position and promote comfort
  • Use of computer and augmentative communication system- speech generating device
  • Use of headphones as needed
  • Strategic seating near computer/devices
  • Allow time for responses
  • Peer or buddy tutoring
  • Mind maps
  • Alternative Settings- resource room
  • Choice of projects to demonstrate learning

Alternative Needs

  • Assistance of educational assistant with activities of daily living: transfers, toileting, dressing/undressing, eating
  • Opportunities for peers to understand about cerebral palsy and debunking myths
  • Arrangement of transportation to and from school using wheelchair accessible van or bus
  • Working with professionals: OT, PT, SLP for assessment and recommendations to optimize learning and self care as able
  • Development of peer or buddy system to promote social and communication skills

Alternative Control

  • Most of you use a keyboard or a mouse to control the computer but I need a different device because I have limited ability to move my arms and fingers. I use an alternative control called a switch. My Occupational therapist has selected a specially designed switch that relies on a motion sensor which allows me to use my computer.
  • Switches can be composed of a single button, a few buttons, a sensory plate, or any number of adaptive switches that are available; it may be touch-free, brain-activated, or a sip and puff mechanism.
  • Aside from simplifying input devices, switches can also be used as communication tools
  • Refer to: http://www.snow.idrc.ocad.ca/content/switches for more information about point that are considered when selecting the most appropriate devices and suppliers

References

To learn more about Cerebral Palsy, here are some websites that you can visit:

http://www.peopleforeducation.ca/faq/what-are-the-categories-of-exceptionalities/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1Q76TA8TgI&feature=youtu.be

http://www.cerebralpalsy.mb.ca/about.htm

https://www.cerebralpalsy.org.au/services/all-programs-and-services/assistive-technology/

http://www.washington.edu/doit/working-together-computers-and-people-mobility-impairments


Ontario Ministry of Education(2004) The Individual Education Plan(IEP): A Resource Guide. Retrieved November 16, 2105 from: https://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/guide/resource/iepresguid.pdf

Ontario Ministry of Education (2005) E. Retrieved November 15,2015 from: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/reports/speced/panel/speced.pdf

Ferreri, A.J. (2009). Including Matthew: Assessment -Guided Differentiated Literacy Instruction. Teaching Exceptional Children Plus, 5(3) Article 3. Retrieved November 15, 2015 from: http://escholarship.bc.education/tecplus/vol5/iss3/art3.