Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities vary in their ability to communicate, do school work and socialize. The disabilities refer to a range of cognitive, social/emotional, adaptive and motor delays. Students with mild intellectual disabilities can develop basic literacy skills and functional mathematics skills. A child will sometimes be identified before they enter school. Use the assessment findings to provide supports and ACCOMMODATIONS that are tailored to suit the student’s current needs.
Intellectual and developmental disabilities are identified through psychological or psycho-educational assessment. These assessments use standardized testing tools to identify strengths and weaknesses. Assessment also includes the use of other tools to determine skills in adaptive behaviour, which includes skills in the following areas: communication, self-direction, functional academic skills work and leisure, health and safety.
Cognitive concerns may include
Social and emotional concerns may include
Physical concerns may include
Communication concerns may include
Just as children with intellectual and developmental difficulties vary in their ability to communicate, do school work and socialize so must the strategies that are used at home, at school and in the community.
When you are doing the talking
When you are listening