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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Individualized Instruction for Students with Special Needs Who Present Challenges with Regard to Oral Expression

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices. Accordingly, our mentees should know how to individualize instruction.

Below you will find several modifications to individualize instruction for students with special needs who have challenges with regard to oral expression.

Specific Learning Challenge

Some Suggested Modifications to Individualize Instruction*

Expressing himself/ herself orally

· Choose simpler questions to ask him/her in front of the class.

· Prep the student by giving him/her questions privately before you ask them in front of the class.**

· After you ask a question, wait a few seconds to give him/her time to compose a response.

· Give multiple choices or ask the student to recognize rather than recall information.

*This is taken, with permission, from the website of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), special needs menu, Retrieved January 30, 2009.

** The double asterisk denotes an activity that can be done by a teaching assistant, a trained madrich, a trained parent volunteer, or the student or co-teacher.

In the next post we will share specific modifications to individualize instructions for students who present challenges with regard to completing art activities and drawing assignments.

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