I posted on here before that I will be working at an ESY preschool this summer. I did realize that the students' would have a lot of needs, considering that they are already identified in preschool and have qualified for ESY. However, after talking to their teachers and getting their IEP documents, I realized that I am basically dealing with the most severe needs of all here. I am in way over my head! I barely have any training in special education as it is...I used my knowledge of students/teaching in general as well as being a fast learner to get me through this year, but right now I am working with kids that just have learning disabilities or minor cognitive delays. Everything is still teaching as normal, just using some sort of intervention. I am in for a shock here! I will have 6 kids. I will also have 3 TA's. One of my TA's works with me currently and she has actually taught preschool before, but it was general ed. Another of the TA's knows 2 of the kids and works with them currently, so that will be great. My 3rd currently works with middle schoolers, also with minor disabilites like I do. If this comes off as rude, I'm really not meaning to sound that way...I'm just honestly not sure what to do. The kids' needs are SO severe that I honestly can't figure out what I'm going to do with them! All of them are nonverbal, with the exception of one child who currently knows 2 words. 3 of them are unable to move at all (they have goals such as follow something with an eye gaze), and 2 others require hand under hand assistance to do almost all tasks. All require special seats/placements to sit on their own. For my 1 that is somewhat able to move around, his IEP notes that he will throw tantrums when asked to do a new task, hecannot handle touching anything of a new texture, and will use nonverbal communication such as hitting or biting to express emotions. One of the students can eat on his own if you put one small thing in front of him at a time (as in one bite) and the others all need to be fed. Again, not trying to sound rude, but I am just at a total loss as to what I'm going to do with these kids for 3 hours. Obviously, we'll be spending some time working on their individual goals, which it looks like will have to be one-on-one. However, there are only 4 of us and 6 kids. Also, it seems as if none of them are able to do any sort of task independently, so it's not like I can have some of them work on something and then pull others aside for goals. I can't really do a whole group lesson or anything like that with kids who are all nonverbal (even their teacher admitted this would not be possible), and I don't want to exhaust them by trying to work on their goals for 3 hours straight. Thankfully, there is a regular summer preschool going on at the same time, and I have gotten them to agree to let us join them for at least their circle time. Hopefully, with the support of the TA's and I, we can get the students to at least sit in the circle and participte in whatever way they can. However, that's only going to be about 20 minutes of the day...they did mention that we could talk about doing centers with them too, but I'm not sure what kind of centers my kids would be able to do. We're not allowed to just integrate with this other preschool the whole day, because they are seperate programs under seperate funding, and they have to follow their student-teacher ratio. So there will still be a lot of time where it's just us with these kids. If anyone has ANY suggestions as to what kind of routine I could do, or anything that we could set up...I would be extremely grateful!