The “Creating Awareness of Exceptional Children product provides activities and experiences that will expose students to a number of exceptionalities (disabilities) and provide movement experiences to simulate them. The primary goal is for the students to nurture acceptance of and develop an appreciation, awareness and respect for individuals with exceptionalities and the challenges they experience in their daily lives. By understanding the challenges others face, students will value diversity and hopefully become advocates for individuals with disabilities in and beyond the school setting. The activities encourage opportunities for students to share feelings and personal information about the issues exceptional children face.
Inside this product is comprehensive grouping of activities, signs and task cards (descriptors and images), along with a full lesson plan, circuit diagram and an optional assessment exit slip. The station task cards provide interesting movement experiences that help (in a small way) replicate some of the following exceptionalities; Visual Impairment (blindness), Auditory Impairment (deafness), learning disabilities, brain injuries, movement disorders and paralysis. The students work together with their classmates to go through courses blindfolded, balance on apparatus while performing tasks, move in wheelchairs, execute movements while being restricted and using signs and signals to cue other students.
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