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Strengths

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
problems”
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
comprehension
 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
References:
 www.idea.gov
 Ch. 14 Learners With Physical
Disabilities and Other Health
Impairments

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

www.naset.org

Other Health
Impairments
What is Other Health
Impairments?
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:







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

(i)
Is due to chronic or acute health problems
such as asthma, attention deficit disorder or
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes,
Other
epilepsy,Characteristics:
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
inconsistent,
Special
teaching
methods,
(ii)
Adversely affects
academic
performance
Sensory impairments, May fall asleep in
**Disabilities
in definition
the only
classes,listed
Difficulty
learningare
to not
write
(coordination)
 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
impairments
 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