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High Expectation/ Picture Communication
Sat May 30, 2015 13:18

I completely agree with you Stacy that it is important for us to hold our students to high expectations. I feel as if even when we push our students beyond what they believe they are capable of, they will be surprised at their success. They will feel as if they have accomplished something that no one else believed they could. We want to make a difference in our studentís lives and holding them to high expectation will allow them to grow beyond their own expectations. As far as your questions about strategies to teach non-verbal students, I have had a professor emphasis the use of picture communication. He told me that one student he had print out pictures of things that could help her communicate what she wanted or needed such as a bathroom sign or yes and no was a picture of thumbs up and down. With technology becoming a huge part of our society, I am sure that there are computers that allow students to type or push buttons that also allow communication and learning skills. I would also me interested in more strategies to teach non-verbal students.

  • High Expectations - Stacy Huffman, Sat May 30 12:19
    One thing I walked away with was the reminder of the importance of holding high expectations and to always keep the least dangerous assumption at the forefront of your mind. It is important to never... more
    • High Expectations Reply - Rebecca McVey, Sat May 30 22:56
      I completely agree that holding high expectations for students is crucial for a successful classroom, especially in a Special Education Classroom. I have heard horror stories from professors about... more
    • Re: Stacy - Alexandria Spurrier, Sat May 30 18:57
      I definitely agree with this! I am glad that you have walked away with this reminder because I think that many people forget this fact and think that just because one way of teaching a student isn't... more
    • Reply to Stacy - Hunter Hastings, Sat May 30 18:38
      I totally agree with you. As a first year teacher I know that I will have preconceived ideas about my students based on their label. I want to be a teacher than reads "intellectual disability", and... more
      • teaching labels - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 14:51
        Hunter, I admire your goal. The point of providing you so many different kinds of videos was to help you see that ASD is not ASD is not ASD. Each person is an individual. You're absolutely right that ... more
    • Agreed! - Allison Powers, Sat May 30 18:37
      I couldn't agree more! It's so important for us to expect a lot out of our kids. We don't have the right to decide what our kids can and cannot do. I certainly want to make sure I don't place... more
    • Re: High Expectations - parsonkl, Sat May 30 15:00
      Stacy, I completely agree with you and your point about holding high expectations. One thing I keep in mind is that everyone has a special ability that they are very good at. If a student is not... more
    • High Expectation/ Picture Communication - coxdm, Sat May 30 13:18
      • non-verbal students - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 14:57
        The current terminology is "students with complex communication needs." The field developed to address this complexity and develop ways to assist communication in people who cannot talk is... more
      • Reply to coxdm - Stacy huffman, Sat May 30 16:38
        I do use picture symbols daily in my room. My struggle is teaching my non-verbal students to read because the challenge lies in ensuring that they have a good phonemic awareness. This is difficult to ... more
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