About This Chapter
Special Education for Adults with Disabilities - Chapter Summary
In this fun chapter, our instructors present you with a variety of resources to use when teaching special education to adults with disabilities. These lessons offer strategies for teaching adults with developmental, learning and physical disabilities in a variety of subjects, including social skills, music, drama and more. All of our learning materials are written by professional instructors who understand how to effectively and successfully teach students with disabilities.
How It Helps
- Meets educational requirements: These lessons are written specifically to help teachers plan lessons and activities that meet special education standards for adults with physical, learning and developmental disabilities.
- Covers sensitive subjects: It's easy to teach your students about sensitive topics like sexual education and expected social skills with the resources in this chapter.
- Puts learning into action: When your students learn through participating in activities like those found in this chapter, they're more likely to retain the information and engage with the subject matter.
By the end of this chapter, teachers will be able to:
- Engage their developmentally and physically disabled students in using social skills and educational activities
- Understand assistive technology available for the workplace and for the elderly
- Comprehend nonverbal learning disorder in adults
- Know the available post-secondary education options for students with disabilities
- Utilize recreation, arts and crafts, music, and drama activities designed for adult students with disabilities
- Incorporate sexual education material into lessons for adults with disabilities
1. Assistive Technology for the Elderly
Assistive technology can help the elderly lead more independent lives. It can also reduce the need for home healthcare services or a move to a nursing home. Read on to learn more about assistive technology for seniors.
2. Assistive Technology in the Workplace
People with disabilities are often just as qualified to hold a job as anyone else, but they often need accommodations and assistive technology to ensure equal access in the workplace.
3. Nonverbal Learning Disorder in Adults
Despite the many challenges that adults with nonverbal learning disorders face, one of the most significant challenges they report is being misunderstood. Let's explore this type of disorder and its signs and symptoms.
4. Educational Activities for Adults with Learning Disabilities
In this lesson, you'll learn how to plan and implement educational activities for adults with learning disabilities. This includes suggested activities for varying levels of ability.
5. Social Skills Activities for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Are you looking for fun and engaging activities for teaching social skills to adults with developmental disabilities? The lesson will define social skills and provide example activities that are engaging and age appropriate.
6. Recreation & Leisure Activities for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Your ability level should not limit what activities you pursue in your leisure time, and this is definitely true for adults with developmental disabilities. There are a variety of fun leisure activities ranging from physical to artistic to engage their minds and bodies in new and exciting ways.
7. Sexual Education Strategies for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Helping adults with developmental disabilities learn about sex, sexuality and consent is really important to their development. This lesson discusses some strategies that work with this special population.
8. Arts & Crafts Activities for Adults with Physical Disabilities
People with physical disabilities often have trouble expressing themselves creatively. The following arts and crafts activities are designed to be enjoyed by adults with physical disabilities.
9. Music Activities for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Music activities are a great way to engage adults with developmental disabilities. Using one-on-one and group music activities allows you to engage adults in a fun way while practicing sensorimotor, cognitive, and social skills.
10. Drama Activities for Adults with Learning Disabilities
Adults with learning disabilities are sometimes excluded from drama activities due to their perceived limitations. However, involving them in drama activities is a great way to develop communication skills, public speaking, and overall confidence.
11. Drama Games for Special Needs Adults
Drama games can be a wonderful way to help adults with special needs practice language, socializing, and self awareness. This lesson offers some games that you can use with your students.
12. Teaching Social Boundaries to Developmentally Disabled Adults
In order for our students to be included and accepted in their communities, it's critical that they understand socially appropriate behavior. Let's look at some strategies for teaching adults with developmental disabilities appropriate social boundaries.
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Other chapters within the Resources for Teaching Special Education course
- Social Skills & Special Education
- Life Skills & Special Education
- Teaching Special Education
- Math Instruction in Special Education
- Language Arts & Special Education
- Music & Art in Special Education
- Advocacy in Special Education
- Homeschooling & Special Needs
- Response to Intervention (RTI) Strategies & Information
- Speech Therapy Activities & Materials
- Special Education Classroom Strategies
- IEP Goals & Meeting Resources
- Differentiated Instruction Strategies for Teachers
- 504 Plans Examples & Information
- Language Disorders Resources