Good educational theory will underpin your teaching structure and planning.
When I start with a new client, I target where they may fall on this hierarchy.
These categories are simple. Use the learners background information, parent/teacher interviews, and current functioning level as a guide. Then develop lessons to meet the child where they are. You may have to get creative for some of the levels, but you can do it!
Do they need to belong to the group?
Teach social skills, play team building games, etc.
Are they a child that moves frequently?
Organize (desk seat, lunch seat, cubby) to be as consistent and predictable as possible.
Estimating where your student fits can help you structure and plan to help facilitate needs.
EARLY CHILDHOOD INFO:
Young children need to explore, but they also need to learn about boundaries and how to follow directions. A balance of free play and structured play is critical in developing the kinds of skills that will make them more flexible, resilient, and persistent. Daily engagement in these critical areas work together to create a “whole child”. Have Fun!
“Start Here!” was created in order to provide access to high quality researched based activities for parents, preschool teachers, and daycare providers.
The first years are a peak period for a toddler/preschooler and it is important to support the six domains of early childhood development.
I created and used these materials in my own career as early intervention practitioner. My aim is that all adults who care and work with children will be empowered by the information and activities. Everyone, when using best practice, can help kids reach their potential.
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Note to parents: these materials are not intended to replace professional evaluation and treatment. If your child is exhibiting any signs of autism spectrum or speech-language delay, they will be best served by being evaluated and treated by a licensed and certified professional