Strategies for Learning and Teaching Kids with Cerebral palsy:
1. Encourage independence.
2. Remove obstacles so that child can move freely from lesson to lesson.
3. Encourage support for child from classmates.
4. Consider physical access issues such as toilets, lifts, classroom layout etc.
5. Incorporate advice from the occupational therapist in child’s programme.
6. Use computers and audio-visual aids in child’s learning and teaching programme.
7. Specialised equipment may also be necessary such as adapted keyboards, page turners, word boards or special desks.
8. If writing is difficult consider audio visuals/recordings.
9. Encourage communication to prevent isolation.
10. Teach social skills if there is a need to do so.
11. Allow child extra time to complete tasks.
12. While teaching Physical Education, note that slower-paced activities are better than those requiring a fast response.
13. Child will do better catching a bounced ball than a thrown one; kicking a stationary ball than a moving one.
14. Child may have a low self-esteem, therefore it is important to ensure that the child feels included and is encouraged and praised.
15. As child tend to become distracted quite easily, minimise distractions in the classroom environment.
16. If child uses wheelchair, where possible place yourself at their eyelevel when talking to them.
17. Table-type desks with adequate leg space will need to be considered if child has a wheelchair.
18. The board in the classroom may have to be lowered if child is in a wheelchair.
19. To facilitate child’s reading, use easels, portable reading racks or adjustable desks.