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K3: Understanding of the basic theories of behavior problems exhibited by individuals with DCD.

S5: Familiarity with the use of a variety of instructional strategies (including functional life skills approach, community-based instruction, task analysis, multi-sensory, and concrete or manipulative techniques) to appropriately support the needs of students with DCD.

S6: Familiarity with techniques used to stimulate language, basic academic, and literacy skills of students with DCD (including the integration of art, music, and body movement into instruction).

K9: Understanding of basic aspects of a classroom environment that are relevant to meeting the physical, cognitive, cultural, and communication needs of children and youth with DCD.

S7: Familiarity with the use of developmentally appropriate classroom management strategies that are appropriate for supporting the needs of students with DCD.

K10: Knowledge of sources and uses of appropriate materials and equipment to meet the needs of children and youth with DCD (including adaptive, augmentative, and assistive technologies).


Facilitator Supplement

Worksheets in this Unit

All worksheets are Adobe pdf files. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view and print the worksheets.

Lesson 1: Assisting the Teacher to Adapt the Curriculum and Instruction

Lesson 2: Assisting the Teacher to Plan and Develop Behavior Management Approaches and Techniques for Students with DCD

Lesson 3: Assisting the Teacher to Adapt the Education Learning Environment

Facilitated Activity

The activities for Lessons 1, 2, and 3 are designed to encourage paraprofessionals to apply what they have learned in each lesson related to modifying the instruction or learning environment and managing student behaviors effectively. To this end, the activities are a reflection on the information learned and an opportunity to think about a specific student with DCD whom they are currently supporting or have supported in the past and then apply their learning to this student’s current situation. In addition, paraprofessionals are asked to either develop a proposal to respond to a DCD student’s need for an adaptation or to explain a situation in which they have already applied an adaptation and what they learned from the experience. Both of the options include a set of questions that are specific and challenging. The paraprofessional is asked to explain why they chose to apply the learning in the way they did, and then describe how they would follow through in a number of different ways. All answers are to be written on a printed form next to the questions asked.

This type of activity lends itself well to group or one-on-one discussions with the facilitator. It provides strong evidence of the paraprofessional’s understanding of the topic, along with the means for deepening the learning around a given topic.

Discussion Ideas

Each lesson has an activity with a full set of questions for the learner to review and to provide a response. No additional discussion ideas are needed.

 

 

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