All students enjoy spending time doing fun activities. Now, in this new wave of COVID-19, many children with disabilities are finding it challenging to adapt. Some schools are asking students to revert to remote learning, but many little learners find it more challenging to grow and develop in this setting. Now we need to implement innovative ways to get students more engaged and eager to learn. As we continue down the path of zoom learning for children with disabilities, we notice students with learning difficulties often enjoy more hands-on activities than other lessons. You can help encourage these students by finding unique ways to share information, including art and role-playing games.
Art is a fun class that encourages all students to get a little messy. And that’s great! Remind your students to get as creative as they’d like. You can optimize art classes for students with special needs by incorporating hands-on projects, such as finger painting, face painting, creating a texture book, and making graffiti walls with blank paper. Art classes can help students develop their critical thinking skills and decision-making skills.
Cooking classes are always fun, especially for many students. If there’s any lesson a student with a learning disability can take away, it’s the relaxing nature of stirring and mixing ingredients. Any students can join, and the best recipes to try out are brownies, cookies, pies, and even three-ingredient ice cream. Cooking classes can help students learn with their sense of smell.
Treasure or Scavenger Hunt
Kids love being active, so make it a fun school year—whether that’s virtually or in a live classroom setting—by having students search for items in their homes or outdoors in nature. Tell students to find flowers and leaves or identify different animals they spot outside. Scavenger and treasure hunts help students improve their memory and critical-thinking skills.
Sensory Play Time
Some children have a difficult time understanding and processing language. Introduce children with sensory learning difficulties to different games to help them develop language comprehension and skills. Begin by encouraging students to turn their pots and pans over to make a drum set, or have them go outside and discover the area by using their senses. Sensory playtime encourages children to become independent and develop better skills with touch, taste, and smell.
Using a role-playing game in the classroom can improve a student’s social skills and help them develop a better sense of interacting with others. It allows them a platform to be creative and even practice decision-making skills. Introduce this type of game over zoom, and invite students from other classroom settings to get in on the fun. Students with learning disabilities won’t feel as isolated from others when other classrooms join and interact with them in a new setting.
Zoom classrooms allow students of all ages and cognitive levels to attend school safely from their own homes, but many end up feeling discouraged, isolated or excluded. Change their mindset by incorporating new ways to promote zoom learning for children with disabilities.