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  • 1. Using Your Resources to Meet Your Students’ Needs Mary Hannah DeVane
  • 2. IEP
    • Any child who has:
      • difficulty learning and
      • has been identified as a special needs student
      • is eligible for an IEP .
      • An IEP ( individualized education plan) is a plan for the above mentioned students created by the educators and parents of the students in order to help the students meet their goals in school.
  • 3. Inclusion
    • What do IEPs mean for the general education teacher?
      • It means that students with special needs will be
      • in our classrooms (inclusion) and it is our responsibility to meet their needs.
  • 4. Least Restrictive Environment
    • How can a general education teacher meet the needs of all students?
      • By creating a least restrictive environment in his or her classroom.
        • Least restrictive environment means that a student who has a disability must be given the opportunity to receive an education along with non-disabled studnets the greatest extent appropriate.
  • 5. But all students cannot and do not learn the same way! So what do I do?
    • Use assistive technology!
      • An Assistive Technology Device is defined as "any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities" (IDEA 300.5).
  • 6. We can meet the needs of our 4 th grade students here at Sunny Elementary School very easily!
    • Of our 3 classes, we only have students with mild disabilities.
    • These students could benefit from some simple approaches. Here are some ideas:
      • Use graphic organizers and flow charts to help with the organization of material.
      • Use an LCD projector to allow collaboration.
      • Allow students to type on word processors (and use spell check and grammar check).
      • Calculators
      • Source:
  • 7. What we are already doing:
    • One of our 5 th grade students is greatly benefiting from assistive technology!
      • Claire has a Touch Window!
        • She has a physical disability which prevents her from being able to manipulate a mouse; however, she is able to reach out and touch.
        • The Touch Window is easily placed on any computer in the school, and she is able to participate and learn just as the other students are!
  • 8. Let’s keep up the good work and continue!
    • Starting Small….
      • We should begin in our 4 th grade classes by using the simple recommendations listed a few slides back.
      • This will help us meet the needs of our students!