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Main curriculum subjects

This page is problem-based rather than subject-based, since in our experience students face the same problems right across the curriculum. Subject teachers should read both this and the Learning difficulties sections.

Seating

Students should:

  • face the teacher
  • face the board or demonstration area
  • be away from the main aisle or door, to minimise distraction
  • have adequate space for the affected arm
  • have unrestricted movement of the dominant arm

Production of written material

Problems:

  • stabilising of paper
  • drawing of graphs, diagrams etc
  • setting out of work
  • poor co-ordination affecting handwriting

Suggestions:

  • A4 is easier to manage than A3
  • use of a keyboard can ease problems with handwriting and setting out of work
  • blobs of 'blu-tack' can help anchor paper
  • loose leaf notebooks or sheets attached to clipboards may be easier to manage than exercise books
  • a magnetic board, used with rulers and geometry instruments also backed with magnetic strips, can help with drawing graphs, diagrams etc. (Pre-prepared diagrams and graphs may also be helpful
  • extra time may be needed to complete tasks
  • tasks may be broken down into more manageable units

Practical work

Problems:

  • modelmaking
  • conducting experiments
  • cookery
  • technology
  • safety factors (the affected limb may have reduced sensitivity).

Suggestions:

  • pairing with another student
  • modification of equipment
  • extra time to complete tasks

The student may feel more self-conscious or clumsy during practical work, and may need encouragement to participate fully.

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