Download here: August Day Habilitation Calendar
Under normal circumstances I would suggest using the following April Monthly Day Habilitation Activity for ideas to plan for the month, however the new normal has changed. Many school districts have created lesson plans and activities for school children that are home during these trying times including resources on speech and OT activities.
I have seen very little information for adults that receive day habilitation services. For some individuals, the new normal means staying at home in a residential setting and for others, it is staying home with family members. For people with developmental disabilities, adjusting to changes can be challenging affecting both the individual and the home.
For this month and upcoming months, I will blog articles on activities that can be used in the home to help individuals continue to work on activities and to help maintain their skills since many day habilitation programs are also closed.
For the month of April, I have included activities for National 1 Cent day, National Road Map Day, Farm Animal Day, Titanic Remembrance Day, National Earth Day and National Zoo Day. The activities focus on the following:
- Following directions
- Fine Motor Skills
- Task Attention
- Multisensory skills
- Money management skills
The activities can be used by anyone of any age as well.
You can find the links to the activities below.
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- Penny activities. the following worksheets focus on the following skills:
- fine motors skills
- visual- spatial
- Coin Identification
Download here: one cent activities
2. Earth Day Activities(Making an organic smoothie and creating a collage safe for the environment).
3. Reading a road map activity (develop skills in task attention, listening, following directions and following one and two-step commands)
4.The following are lesson plans and curriculum on habitats and zoos.
- Sheep Farm Video Tour (farm food)
- Milk Processing
- Lesson Plan- Farmers, Factories and Food Chain
- Lesson Plan: Who Grew My Soup?
- Egg Farms
6. Titanic Activities:Download here
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders as a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank during pregnancy. The effects of the fetal alcohol disorders includes many learning challenges including hyperactivity, poor attention span, memory issues, coordination challenges, anxiety, speech and language delays, problem-solving issues, difficulty staying on task, behavioral challenges and social interaction.
Some children with FASD have co-occurring disorders or are often mis-diagnosed.
The following are the most common disorders:
- Oppositional Defiant Disorders (ODD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactive/Inattentive Disorder (ADHD)
- Learning Disabilities
- Speech and language delays
- Anti-Social Personality Disorder
The following are Accommodations that will help students succeed:
- Use a multi-sensory approach to learning
- Allow extra time for testing assessments
- Chunk the test into parts
- Reduce distractions by using preferential seating
- Allow the student to take breaks
- Use oral test
- Provide oral instructions
- Use a checklist for the student to use
- Allow the student to use a timer
- Use repetition
- Check in with the students for understanding and provide feedback
- Teach calming strategies
- Use assistive technology
- Use social stories
- Teach social skills
Memorial Day is an American holiday observed to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. It originated following the Civil War and became an official holiday in 1971.
Memorial Day is also an opportunity to work on fun Memorial Day activities. Children and adults with special needs lean best when using a multi-sensory approach. This helps to stimulate learning and engage individuals on various levels of learning.
The activities and lessons that I have chosen focus on visual and tactile stimulation and includes both math and reading activities. The craft activities work to improve fine motor skills.
American flag on a pencil craft- Printable templates
Craft stick flag– U.S. flag made from craft sticks
Free Memorial Day packs- packets includes clip cards, word problems, fill in and missing numbers
Patriotic Pinwheel– Craft easy to make pinwheel
USA Wreath– Simple red, white and blue wreath made out of construction paper.
Williams Syndrome also known as Williams-Beuren syndrome was discovered in 1961 by J.C.P. Williams, a Cardiologist from New Zealand. Williams Syndrome is a rare disorder with a prevalence of in 7,500 to 20,000 caused by the deletion of genetic material from chromosome 7. Williams syndrome symptoms include heart problems, low birth weight, l problems and developmental delays. 75 are diagnosed with mile to moderate intellectual disabilities or a learning disability.
Physical characteristics include:
Almond shape eyes
Longer upper lip
Puffiness around the eyes
Small upturned nose
- Enjoys music
- Developmental delay
- Excellent long-term memory
- Learning disability
- Poor fine motor skills
- Tactile defensiveness
Students with Mild intellectual disabilities will have difficulty with abstract thinking, executive functioning including planning, prioritizing, and cognitive flexibility. According to the Williams Syndrome Association Website, Children with Williams Syndrome face challenges with processing non-verbal information and displays difficulty with attention to detail.
Strategies should include:
- Using short sentences
- Repeat directions
- Break task into small steps
- Use concrete examples when introducing new words or concepts.
- Teach one concept at a time
- Use a multisensory approach which will help to stimulate learning
- Utilize visual learning style including the use of flash cars, pictures, images, handouts and colors.
Since President Trump’s, election, there has been a vigorous interest in politics not only in the United States but also in other countries as well. The upcoming mid-term elections provides an opportunity for adults with developmental disabilities to participate through a lesson plan created not only on the upcoming election, but also ways to get individuals more involved on topics and platforms that impact their lives.
Sadly, I have heard very little from politicians on issues concerning people with disabilities and the impact it will have on people with disabilities and their families. This affords an opportunity to have real discussion with people on issues that are important to them through a series of multisensory activities.
- Who doesn’t like a game of bingo? Download the bingo template, make as many copies as you wish and set up an activity playing Bingo. Once you call out a name. use it as an opportunity to have discussion i.e. How would you describe a conservative? When is the election held? Below, click on the template
2. The second activity includes a week-long lesson plan on election and representative in office using a multisensory approach. The first day is set up for making an apple smoothie and a trip preparation activities allowing individuals to work on their social and money management skills. I left the lesson plan editable so that you can move activities around as you wish.
Materials Needed for the lesson plan activities
Mock Voter Registration
Apple Smoothie Recipe
Patriotic Printable Paper Chain
Oh, this is also a great activity to use a home or school for students at the high school level.