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K7: Knowledge of basic personal support needs of students with DCD (including the medical complications and implications of tube feeding, catheterization, seizure management, and CPR).
S1: Basic knowledge of how to effectively use and maintain orthotic, prosthetic, and personal assistive and adaptive equipment.
S2: Familiarity with the use of recommended mobility techniques for supporting students with DCD.
S3: Familiarity with strategies used to support the self-care, health, and safety needs of students with DCD.
S4: Familiarity with basic emergency and accident procedures useful with students with DCD.
S8: Familiarity with the use and maintenance of alternative and augmentative communication systems appropriate for students with DCD.
Worksheets in this Unit
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Lesson 2: Learning about Assistive Technology Resources for Students with DCD
The activity in Lesson 2 is designed to encourage paraprofessionals to apply what they have learned in this lesson on assistive technology. To this end, the activity is a reflection on the information learned and an opportunity to think about a specific student with DCD that a paraprofessional is currently supporting or has supported in the past and then apply the learning to the student’s current situation. In addition, paraprofessionals are asked to develop a seven-step proposal to respond to a DCD student’s need for assistive technology in a specific area in his/her life. Each of the steps includes a set of questions that are specific and challenging. The paraprofessional is asked to explain why he/she chose to apply the learning in that specific way and then describe how they would follow through in a number of different ways. All answers should be written on a printed form next to the question 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 the given topic. Questions for discussion could include: Why did the paraprofessional choose a specific area of the student’s life? What resources for assistive technology were explored? What assistive technology device was chosen and why?
The following discussion questions can be used with paraprofessionals about their experiences learning about the two lessons and related concept lessons in Unit 3: Supporting Students with Developmental Cognitive Disabilities.
Lesson 1—Strategies and Techniques for Supporting Students
Lesson 1a—Supporting Social Competence
Lesson 1b—Supporting Physical, Health, and Mobility Needs
Lesson 1c—Supporting Academic and Educational Skills
Lesson 1d—Supporting a Safe Place for Students to Learn