Need help modifying curriculum

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  1. deefreddy

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    I have a new student that uses a Dynavox controlled by two head switches, which is difficult and laborious for him, and eye gaze for "yes" and "no". I am told that he is typical in intelligence. I have not have any previous experience with this type of student. Most of my students have autism or DS and are intellectually disabled in the mild/moderate spectrum. Any tips to modifying curriculum or ways to assess his abilities? He does have an iPad also, but he has not been using it.
     
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    Why is he not using the iPad? Has he been trained in how to use it/has it been set up for him?

    Check his evaluations, see what the evaluator's wrote for his levels of performance.
     
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    It has not been set up. He needs either eye gaze technology or switch accessible apps. Unfortunately, my district's AT specialist does not know that much about AT. We mostly have to rely on the expertise of AT sales reps. I will have to do most of the legwork to find switch adaptable apps and switches for his iPad. I just feel as though I can't do justice for this student, since my specialization is in intellectual disabilities, but my district is ignoring the fact that this student is not ID, he has just always been placed in settings that are far below his abilities.
     
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    This child has been served an injustice.

    I may be able to help you but need more information.

    What exactly are you trying to modify?
     
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    I am realizing that I need to start at square one. He needs so many things! His communication device is old, complicated, and exhausting for him to use. His iPad needs switch adaptations. He needs to be evaluated for other methods of switching, like eye gaze or joystick controls. I was hoping to jump right in and give him grade level materials to listen to and read, and then I would "make" assessments that he could use eye gaze or his dinosaur of a speech generating device to answer questions. The problem is, I have 14 other students and to do this amount of work for him would be unsustainable! I don't even understand his device, so I am unable to program it or see what vocabulary it contains.

    Thanks for your offer of help, and any tidbits you can offer will be very welcome. But for now, I think I must convince my district that he needs much better methods of communicating, even if it means we have to hire outside consultants to guide us. And I need to try to get some real, concrete data on his abilities in order to fight for him.
     
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    Call the district AT specialist. If they cannot set it up or help, tell your sped director and ask if you should call the state for resources/assistance, they may be able to refer you to an outside AT provider for schools who can actually make it so this child can learn.
     
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    Do you have access to grade level material? If so, I would definitely begin with finding grade level reading passages. Can you write the questions and either ask him or have an aide ask him the questions? He could then answer true/false or yes/no questions using his device.

    You may want to ask general education teachers for access to their plans and lessons for this student. This way you are not creating everything, but finding ways for your student to access the material.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. It gives me a place to start.
     

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