It’s not a new thing that special students communicate with cards, but at one school they are using cards with pictures to communicate their feelings.
The results are clear for students at Cedar Chapel Special School in Snow Hill. “What’s more important than how they feel and how to express that?,” asked principal Belinda Guylas. She watched five students receive a lesson from speech pathologist Wendy Ryan on the word “mad”.
Students at the school range in age from 3-21. They are all learning the same words for emotions – afraid, angry, confused, happy, hungry, hurt, sad, sick, thirsty and tired.
Students use drawings and photos to identify pictures that show the word, and describe it. The school has evaluated the student’s understanding of these lessons. Plans are underway to begin a writing component as well.
Teachers report that student behavior has improved. “It might seem pretty easy for us, but it’s very difficult for a student with autism or a disability,” said Bess Cropper, a curriculum resource teacher