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A Multi-Sensory Approach
to Literacy: a Partnership
Between Connections and
Delrey School
SARA K. KEMPLER, M.ED.
APRIL 2015
“Converting” the Classroom:
a Collaborative Effort
 Connections – Sandy
 2008, Sandy came out and assessed a student’s v...
“Converting” the Classroom:
a Collaborative Effort
 Consultants Paula Hamilton and Jen Keenan
 Literacy and Common Core ...
Who are my Students?
 Visual Impairment – Primarily CVI
 Must consider the characteristics of CVI
 Color
 Complexity
...
Who are my Students?
 Orthopedic Impairments
 Hearing Impairments
 Medically Fragile
 Sensory Processing issues (in ad...
What accommodations do they need?
 Highlighted text
 Simple Backgrounds
What accommodations do they need?
 Lamps, Light Boxes, Lighted Materials
 Time – Wait, Wait, Wait….
What accommodations do they need?
 Familiar Materials – use the same materials each day
 Movement or properties of movem...
 Staff attention to students’ difficulty in
using their hands and eyes together
 Staff attention to Field Preferences
Wh...
What was different for my classroom?
 Typically Developing Daycare students included in class time
 Had to consider the ...
What I’ve Learned
 Literacy is not just reading and writing
 Focus on symbols, language, pictures, anticipation, two-way...
What I’ve Learned
 Making choices and predictions are important parts of self-
expression, communication, and literacy
What I’ve Learned
 Enriching the students’ experiences during the process of reading is
part of literacy
What I’ve Learned
 Classroom Centers are a fantastic way to add depth and additional
content areas to the classroom (e.g....
What I’ve Learned
 Getting buy-in from the other staff – especially the classroom staff –
is vital to success
What I’ve Learned
 It’s a process – takes time, can’t make all changes at once
 Sometimes reality steps in and interfere...
Classroom Centers – Math
Classroom Centers – Language Arts
Classroom Centers - Science
Classroom Centers - Vision
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2015 04 Sara Kempler Delrey Demonstration Project

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Sara Kempler, MEd
Delrey Demonstration Project
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CBSS Advisory Committee Meeting
April 24, 2015

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2015 04 Sara Kempler Delrey Demonstration Project

  1. 1. A Multi-Sensory Approach to Literacy: a Partnership Between Connections and Delrey School SARA K. KEMPLER, M.ED. APRIL 2015
  2. 2. “Converting” the Classroom: a Collaborative Effort  Connections – Sandy  2008, Sandy came out and assessed a student’s vision  Continued discussions with Sandy had me considering that many of our students demonstrated characteristics of CVI  We started a list of students, Sandy did some assessments, and two staff members were trained to do CVI Range  Connections – Donna  2013, Delrey School and Connections formed a partnership  Donna and I consulted to transform my classroom into a demonstration multi-sensory classroom  Consulted on a regular basis to foster the partnership  Increased staff understanding of a multi-sensory approach
  3. 3. “Converting” the Classroom: a Collaborative Effort  Consultants Paula Hamilton and Jen Keenan  Literacy and Common Core – how to create materials that are accessible to the students, yet still address content, literacy, and the Common Core standards  Helped increase classroom staff involvement  Classroom Staff  Buy-in is vital  Staff works as a team to plan units, centers, and make materials
  4. 4. Who are my Students?  Visual Impairment – Primarily CVI  Must consider the characteristics of CVI  Color  Complexity  Movement  Light  Latency  Threat and Touch Visual Reflexes  Novelty  Field Preferences  Visual-Motor  Currently I have no students with strict Ocular VI, but previously we used Braille exposure as well
  5. 5. Who are my Students?  Orthopedic Impairments  Hearing Impairments  Medically Fragile  Sensory Processing issues (in addition to vision)  Sleep Issues  Seizure Disorders
  6. 6. What accommodations do they need?  Highlighted text  Simple Backgrounds
  7. 7. What accommodations do they need?  Lamps, Light Boxes, Lighted Materials  Time – Wait, Wait, Wait….
  8. 8. What accommodations do they need?  Familiar Materials – use the same materials each day  Movement or properties of movement
  9. 9.  Staff attention to students’ difficulty in using their hands and eyes together  Staff attention to Field Preferences What accommodations do they need?
  10. 10. What was different for my classroom?  Typically Developing Daycare students included in class time  Had to consider the needs of ALL  More students to address  Processing Difficulties  I found that having textured vocabulary cards, textured books, and props to accompany the book was too much for my students to process – they would tune it out and start refusing to touch things  Therapies are increasingly integrated into classroom – but we still have pull-out therapies as well (working to change that!)  Classroom Layout – need immense amounts of space
  11. 11. What I’ve Learned  Literacy is not just reading and writing  Focus on symbols, language, pictures, anticipation, two-way communication, and deeper understanding of concepts
  12. 12. What I’ve Learned  Making choices and predictions are important parts of self- expression, communication, and literacy
  13. 13. What I’ve Learned  Enriching the students’ experiences during the process of reading is part of literacy
  14. 14. What I’ve Learned  Classroom Centers are a fantastic way to add depth and additional content areas to the classroom (e.g. Social Studies, Science)  Pocket Charts with Common Core “I Can” statements can help focus the centers’ learning objectives – these standards do not necessarily change each week, as the centers do
  15. 15. What I’ve Learned  Getting buy-in from the other staff – especially the classroom staff – is vital to success
  16. 16. What I’ve Learned  It’s a process – takes time, can’t make all changes at once  Sometimes reality steps in and interferes with what I want to accomplish – or how I want to accomplish it – must be flexible!
  17. 17. Classroom Centers – Math
  18. 18. Classroom Centers – Language Arts
  19. 19. Classroom Centers - Science
  20. 20. Classroom Centers - Vision

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