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SC A & B for Nonverbal or ID

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    SC A & B for Nonverbal or ID

    After responding to the director of a school teaching Simply Classical with "students with more profound disabilities, two of which are nonverbal," I realized that others might benefit from this answer.

    The school completed Level A over two years. Students enjoyed A and appear ready for B. This is the response:

    Plan to divide Level B into 2 distinct years.

    The first year teach the lighter or "easier" components of Level B.
    The next year you can decide whether to repeat that first year of B or proceed to the more challenging components of B.

    In either case, throughout B modify for responses for the students who are "nonverbal" or have complex communication needs:

    - Change questions to require yes/no answers
    - Allow PECS or other picture responses
    - Continue any assisted communication devices
    - Continue or combine with sign language
    - Allow students to "show" rather than say letters/numbers with tabletop or magnetic letter or number tiles, as on a magnetic slantboard
    - Continue partnership with speech & language therapists to strengthen gratifying communication. Determine suitable approximations and desirable expressive communication forms.

    1. Focus on your Opening & Calendar time.
    2. Expand this to teach necessary things ( yesterday/today/tomorrow, language concepts such as up/down, left/right, over/under, yes/no; washing hands).
    3. Teach from Book One of Myself & Others with Myself & Others Read-Alouds. No writing is required. This was taught and loved in another secondary classroom for students with special needs, most of whom were nonverbal, many of whom had significant intellectual disabilities. Visual cues and hand signals accompany the program.

    For academics:

    Year 1
    Year 2: Progress to Level B, Part 2

    (Use the same Level B Curriculum Manual for scheduling)
    From Level B, students who are ready to move forward may proceed to Level C in which pre-reading accelerates in an exciting and literature-rich way. By the end of C students may begin combining letters into words!

    Myself & Others Book One is an introduction to the basics in manners and brief lessons in social understanding, safety, friendship, health, and service.  This is a good beginning course with children’s literature for all students age or ability 4-8.
    Last edited by cherylswope; 01-14-2021, 01:35 PM.

    Praising God for all you've done to help our most precious resource! Taking a child from that state of almost no communication to a state of meaning and understanding is a beautiful accomplishment! We are cheering you on!
    Mama to 2

    Spring start MP1
    Summer start 5A

    Completed MPK, MP1 Math & Enrichment, MP2, 3A, 4A, SC B, SC C,
    SC1 (Phonics/Math), SC2's Writing Book 1


      enbateau thank you!We're all in this together. SDG