Cognitive Impairment Inclusion

TYPES OF *COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT

  • Difficulty Processing Information (Sensory Processing Disorder)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Developmental Delay

POSSIBLE CHARACTERISTICS

  • Short attention span
  • Speech and language difficulties
  • A range of difficulty with physical/motor skills
  • May be overwhelmed by a large amount of new information at once
  • May view each learning experience as new, instead of attaching new knowledge to prior-learned ideas
  • Often behave inappropriately due to difficulty reading social situations
  • Low self-esteem

POSSIBLE CHARACTERISTICS

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  • Repeat instructions
  • Provide frequent feedback
  • Break down tasks into smaller steps
  • Display rules
  • Prepare students for transitions
  • Always demonstrate when giving instructions
  • Reduce distractions
  • Buddy student up with a strong student or volunteer
  • Find out the student’s strengths and emphasize them
  • Be flexible about expectations
  • Seek advice from parents/guardians
  • Be patient
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