This morning I took Jobelize to the school. She wanted to go and sit in on the special ed class to see what ideas she might have on how to help the class be the best it can be.
She brought some old dive belts to use as transfer belts for the wheel chair kids. This helps not only for the teachers back, but the Child’s joints do not get stressed while being lifted.
Though she was observing the group as a whole, she spent time with one boy in particular. Jamie is in a wheel chair and does not have good use of his right leg and hand. Both are atrophied from not using them enough. Jo and the teachers got him up to practice learning to walk. It was clear he was hesitant to put that foot down. She also did some massage and stretching work on his leg and got him holding a rolled up face cloth to help his hand improve range of motion.
Jobelize thinks that with a good foot brace and tennis shoes he will be able to do much better in being able to walk. Jo is also looking at putting together some picture boards this will help the kids start thinking in terms of full sentences.
There are 15 students enrolled in special ed class although they rarely have more than 10 show up on any given day. Right now there is no set curriculum, just a loving teacher who has some experience working with special needs children.
Currently there are 4 with Downs Syndrome, 2 with autism, 2 hearing impaired who go in and out of the class, 4 in wheel chairs with additional mental impairment and several with undiagnosed challenges. Age range is from 5 to 14.
Although most of my time this morning was in the special ed room, I could not help but walk around a bit and shoot pictures of the other kids. They were all in fine form today smiling and playing around for the camera. I got lots of hugs and one hand drawn picture.