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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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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.