I have taken up the invitation to contribute to the ‘Starter for Five’ blog – collating advice from a range of practitioners for new teachers. It’s a great idea so if you have not already written your ‘Starter for five’ – perhaps now is the time?
Starter For Five
Name: Mary Isherwood
Sector: Special School
Subject: All subjects
5 bits of advice about: Supporting a child with Cognition and learning difficulties in your class
- Consider use of visual prompts to support routines and understanding. Examples are visual timetables; visual equipment mats showing resources for lessons.
- Labelling of cupboards for resources including photos / symbols where appropriate can support with making resources accessible and promoting independence.
- Use of minimal language focussing on key words / concepts can support a child’s understanding of information or instructions.
- Finding motivators appropriate to each child can really help with engaging them in their learning – finding a reward to work towards and breaking their learning down into manageable chunks.
- Remember alot of good practice for supporting pupils with learning difficulties is good practice for all of your pupils.