Cricket Press Grant: Pathfinders: Increasing Independent Orientation for Students with Special Needs

  • School Year: 2019-2020
  • Applicants: Christina Foreman, Lead Teacher & Melinda Calhoun (Conard), Mary Beth Manzi (Wolcott)
  • School: King Philip Middle School
  • Subjects: Other

Throughout our district, there are students with visual and cognitive limitations that make using written and pictorial schedules and door signs (bathroom, teacher's name, classroom labels) ineffective tools for determining location. These students do not have a consistent way to find their way around without adult intervention (ex. telling the student where they are or physically guiding the student to stop at a specific location). This grant would be used to purchase lab time at Perkins School for the Blind, as well as the materials that are needed to create tactile visual schedules and the corresponding door objects. Students at King Philip Middle School, Conard High School and Wolcott Elementary School would then be taught by their Speech Language Pathologist to match the object on their schedule to the object on the door frame of their destination.

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