Extracurricular Activities for Children in Special Education

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Children in special education can benefit tremendously from involvement in extracurricular activities. This lesson gives you some ideas for activities to benefit your students with special needs.

Why Extracurricular Activities Count

Children with special needs often get a great deal of support in school, but that does not mean that their learning ends when the school day does. In fact, extracurricular activities can make a huge difference in a special education student's life. Extracurricular activities can enhance special education students' learning, while offering ways for students to express themselves and explore strengths that are not as valued during the school day.

This lesson offers you some ideas for extracurricular activities that can be especially meaningful for students with special needs. Of course, it is important to remember that every special education student is different, so think about the activities that are most compatible with your students' interests and capacities.

Motor Activities

Many students with special needs benefit from activities that make them feel comfortable using their bodies and developing strength. Check out opportunities in your area for adaptive dance, self-defense, and yoga classes.

Adaptive Dance

Usually taught in the context of modern dance or jazz, adaptive dance classes modify traditional dance moves and choreography to meet the needs of students who need more core strengthening or to learn more about personal space and body management. Students can also practice performance skills and enjoy creative movement to music.

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