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I teach in a self-contained, severe/profound K-5 classroom. So much of our time is taken up with diaper changing, feedings and other physical busy work. We finally came up with a schedule that seems to be able to address all of those tasks and also incorporates academic activities. Because our students require physical assistance to participate in most academic activities, we were finding it difficult to get in enough lesson time. The schedule we came up with is an "A" day, "B" day schedule. We have 6 students, 1 teacher, me :) and 2 teacher assistants. We rotate students every 15-20 minutes with 2 students working on math on "A" day, language arts on "B" day. The other students are with a staff member getting out of their wheelchairs and getting diapers changed. We continue the rotation until every student has had academic time, diaper changed and time out of chair. So far it's working. It only took us most of the school year and lots of trial and error to come up with this plan. We do this in the morning and in the afternoon we set aside about 30 minutes for a group type of activity. I'm curious to learn what some of you in this setting have come up with.

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Cross Categorical/self-contained - Teacher

It sounds like you have figured out a workable plan. Can you take any of them into GE for a period of 15-30 minutes? Maybe for science or some other time that GE students can "help" with students?? Students with behaviorial issues will often be the "most helpful". I found that the wiggly behavior(ADHD)student really likes to push the wheel chair and be peer model. It takes a little training at first, but once the peer is trained it is very cool to see the positive relationships that develop. I would start with talking to the GE teacher and principal about it and then take action. I have seen the student with behaviorial issues improve as well as see more interactions occur with students who have significant disabilities.

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