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Children have the biggest hearts despite the disabilities
Becoming stronger while conquering
Possibility of different skills
“People with physical disabilities solve many of their own
Just because a child is considered to have a disability does not
mean they do not have strengths and just as much ability to

Common Classroom Accommodations
An appropriate education for a child with
physical or health impairments may require
modifications of the classroom. Some
students may require physical or
occupational therapy, while this is not
specifically modifying the classroom it is
still sometimes necessary. Another possible
accommodation is some special healthcare
services in a classroom. If a student
suffers from epilepsy or any other condition
that could happen at any random time the
appropriate resources need to be available.
For children who are in wheelchair desks
that are cut out and/or raised need to be
available. For those students who may
have trouble holding pencils, special pencil
grips are a good way to give them the help
they need to be able to write, If children
are hospitalized temporarily, classes
through the hospital is one accommodation

Instructional Strategies
These children can function in general education
classrooms, but they may require support. These
supports range from academic to physical.
 Small group instruction
 Graphic Organizers- help to improve
 Assistive technology
 One on one instruction
 Adjustments to the delivery/explanation of
the content
Each child is going to be different, it is important
to make adjustments according to the child’s
 Ch. 14 Learners With Physical
Disabilities and Other Health

Communicating With Parents
Communication with parents of children who have
health impairments is always very important. As a
teacher this communication needs to be
professional, but also caring. These parents need to
feel like their child is in good hands when they are
at school, and as teacher it is your job to put their
mind at ease. In case of emergencies at school
emergency numbers for the parent need to be
readily available. It is also important to
communicate with the parents even when there is
no emergency, sending notes home about their
child’s day (good or bad) will help them better
understand what they are doing at school. If their

Teacher Resources
Texas Education Agency and the Vaughn
Gross Center for Reading and Language
Arts (VGCRLA) have collaborated to
create professional development
products and special education material
for students with disabilities to have

Other Health
What is Other Health
Other health impairments means having limited
strength, vitality, or alertness, including a
heightened alertness to environmental stimuli,
that results in limited alertness with respect to
the educational environment, that

Common Characteristics of
Other Health Impairments:

Mobility Issues
Issues involving attention
Coordination difficulties
Muscle weakness
Frequent absences or lateness to
Inability to concentrate for long
periods of time

Is due to chronic or acute health problems
such as asthma, attention deficit disorder or
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes,
a heart condition, hemophilia, lead
poisoning, leukemia, nephritis, rheumatic fever,
 Academic: Often have need for special
sickle cell anemia, and Tourette syndrome; and
equipment, School attendance
Adversely affects
Sensory impairments, May fall asleep in
in definition
the only
to not
 Social: Absences from school-less
interaction, Discomfort in social settingsopinions of self and others, Intellectual
disability, Mobility issues-harder to move
around outside of home, Speech
 Behavioral: Outbursts, Attitude toward
school and others can be affected, Fatigue
may cause mood swings or other
behavioral issues
 Functional: Mobility may be limited,
Coordination difficulties, Weakness of
muscles, Limited stamina, Sensory
impairments, Stiffness/tenseness of
muscles, Spasticity, Difficulty controlling
body movements