I was an Inclusive Childhood Education major in college, which basically means that I am certified both as a general elementary teacher and a special education teacher. Throughout my college courses, we would constantly talk about approaches that would support students with disabilities to succeed in the general classroom. Most of the time when our professors would explain these techniques to us, we would look at each other and say, “But that’s good for all students, not just those with disabilities!”
Today I wanted to show you something that I’m trying out that is helpful for children with disabilities, but really just a good idea for all of the kids in your ministry.
I bought one of those pocket charts that you can find in almost any elementary school classroom along with some sentence strips. Then, I went through my lesson for Sunday and wrote out titles for each section of the lesson – a schedule of what to expect. For many children with disabilities, they take comfort in routine and knowing what to expect. Something as simple as a visual schedule can help to calm their anxiety about being part of your children’s program! And, because this is a pocket chart, I can move things around or add new sections or activities each week. It’s another one of those things that is good for children with disabilities, but also good for everyone else!
What are some ways that you work to make children with disabilities comfortable in your ministry?