Friday, November 24, 2017

Frontline Issue 36

SEE THE ABILITY, NOT THE DISABILITY: Computers and people with a learning disability

Regardless of one’s physical, sensory or mental ability, computers can make a difference to all learners. The computer provides a multisensory approach, can give visual cues through colour graphics and animation, and auditory cues through voice, music and sound prompts, and tactile cues through the keyboard or a touch-screen. Software provides special teaching strategies to model and demonstrate, drill...

LISTEN TO ME: COMMUNICATING THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE WITH PROFOUND INTELLECTUAL AND MULTIPLE DISABILITIES

The suggestion has been made to numerous mothers of persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities that they should write a book about their experiences, both positive and negative. Many mothers have wondered if there was a book that could serve as a blueprint in their battle to do their best for their son/daughter—something which would outline what services...

CAINT

Caint, a support group for children with language impairment, was formed by parents who are finding it very difficult to get an adequate service for their language-impaired children. What is speech and language impairment? There are thousands of children who have difficulty in using speech and language. Children want to communicate, but cannot use words properly or understand what is being...

SOFTPLAY

On many of my visits to schools I see an empty softplay room. So first of all, let us consider the area for ‘quiet time’. This cold be on a group or individual basis. When dealing with a child with severe sensory impairment and little movement, they are often bombarded by the many stimuli in the classroom environment (directed...