40. Hand hurts during writing
Our son, who has mild cerebral palsy, has bony hands. Holding onto the pencil when he was learning to write became painful for him. The solution was to provide a pencil grip. Not a lot of dexterity in his hands. All the kids wanted one and the teacher provided one for all the students.
41. I Can’t Fit Under My Desk
Our child used a wheelchair which had arms which were too tall to fit under her desk. The solution was to give her a desk with adjustable legs which was in the storage room of the school. Subsequently, the child was given desks built to her required height by the AMBUCs of Lubbock (a volunteer service group.) The classroom teacher used her resources to make our child more comfortable and ready to learn.
42. Frequent Urination
Teachers and staff misunderstood that it was actually a need and not a behavior. Attention was drawn to the problem when he was denied permission to use the restroom for a 3rd time that day and he had an accident in the classroom. Explaining my son’s physical situation to the teacher solved the problem.
43. Personal Hygiene
Our son was having difficulty remembering to complete his personal hygiene tasks before school. Specifically, he did not always put on his antiperspirant. Our classroom teacher has a signal that she gives to our son so he will remember to go to his locker and put on his antiperspirant if the teacher senses he has missed that step.
44. Preferential Seating
Our son is profoundly deaf but is mainstreamed in a large high school. It was understood by several of the classroom teachers that preferential seating meant seated at the front of the class, but that is not the case. Our son needed to be sit where he could see his sign language interpreter. We also had issues with the sign language interpreter being sat in front of a brightly lit window or too far away from him. Consider the reason for the modification; don’t just react to it in cookie cutter fashion.
45. Science Safety
Gloves were required in science class so certain rocks could be handled. My daughter could not tolerate the way the gloves felt. The science teacher had some other gloves that accomplished the same goal and did not aggravate my daughter.
Our daughter would tend to overheat and then take longer than normal to cool down. Her pediatric geneticist told us that people with Down syndrome are sometimes missing a layer of fat directly under their skin and cannot maintain their temperature adequately. We worked with the PE teacher to make sure she got breaks but also to get her back into the activity as soon as she was cooled down.
47. Necessary Stimulation
Sometimes our child’s nervous system needs an outlet. It may be tapping his foot, playing with his hair or a pen. Provide our child with a “fidget,” a squishy ball, something that is unobtrusive and not loud.