An important part of your job when working with children with intellectual disabilities is the ability to modify instruction in order to best meet their educational needs. Chapter 8 of our textbook offers many teaching ideas and strategies for meeting the academic and social needs of students with a variety of intellectual disabilities. For this discussion you will have the opportunity to put those ideas into practice.
Step One: You will research one of the following intellectual disabilities according to your last name.
|Last Name Starts With||Intellectual Disability|
|A – E||Down Syndrome|
|F – J||Fragile X|
|K – O||Williams Syndrome|
|P – S||Prader Willi Syndrome|
|T – Z||PKU|
Step Two: Choose one of the following grade levels and one of the following academic skills. Then, find a lesson plan for the grade level and academic skill you’ve chosen. Some lesson plan resources are listed, but feel free to use other sources.
| Grade Levels
||Lesson Plan Resources
(You may use another resource that is not listed)
|Share My Lesson
Free Classroom Lesson Plans and Unit Plans for Teachers
Lesson Plans for Teachers
Step Three: Write a brief description of the intellectual disability that you have been assigned including typical classroom behaviors. Then, review the lesson plan you have chosen and share at least two modifications you would make to the lesson plan in order to better meet the academic needs of students with your assigned intellectual disability. In addition, discuss at least two modifications you would make to the lesson in order to include adaptive skills (social and life skills) as a part of the lesson. Your modifications should be supported by ideas from the text and one scholarly resource. Make sure to include the original lesson plan as either a link or an attachment in your initial post.