Strategies for Learning and Teaching

  • Thought needs to be given to physical access and safety around the school building.
  • Specialised seating may be utilised. Consult with the occupational therapist in this regard.
  • Encourage the student to be as active as possible to keep healthy muscles in condition as long as possible.
  • Utilise different strategies such as computers, handouts, tapes, etc, to allow the student to keep pace with the rest of the class.
  • Adapt Physical Education activities so the student can participate (e.g. use lightweight equipment).
  • Photo of teenage girl smiling with a book in front of her.Orientate the student towards ramps or lifts if necessary.
  • Consult with the physiotherapist for guidance and assistance.
  • Be alert for signs of withdrawal and depression, the student may feel less part of the class as the condition progresses.
  • Allow extra time, if necessary, for the student to complete tasks.
  • Ensure appropriate seating and that tables are suitable for a wheelchair.
  • Utilise a ‘Buddy system’.
  • Provide consistent encouragement and support for students.
  • If students use wheelchairs, where possible place yourself at their eyelevel when talking to them.
  • Table-type desks with adequate leg space will need to be considered if the student has a wheelchair.
  • The board in the classroom may have to be lowered if the student is in a wheelchair.
  • To facilitate students’ reading, use easels, portable reading racks or adjustable desks.