Teacher Conference Materials

We Can Do It


Helping Children With Special Needs

A.   Who

B.   Why

1.    Luke 18:16 New International Version (NIV)   16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

2.    Psalms 139:14   14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

3.    Zechariah 4:10   Do not despise small beginning, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.

C.   The Little Light House

1.    First Building 1972

D.   1990 Building, our first home built just for the Little Light House

E.   Current Building opened August 2016

F.    Staff and students

G.   Goals

1.    Special Needs students in your schools

2.    Potential of these children

3.    Cost will not stop the work

4.    Resources available to you

H.   A child with special needs:

1.    Is a child first.

a.    Is valued and Loved by God [as we all are] Psalms 139

I.     A child with special needs:

1.    May take a little longer

2.    Surpass expectations

3.    Psalms 139:14

J.    My personal passion is that:

1.    All children have potential.

2.    They can become a productive and contributing member of their community.

K.   Inclusion: What is it

1.    Inclusion is having children with special needs in class with typical children

L.    Inclusion: Is a Blessing

1.    They often give so much more than they demand

M.  Teach everyone around them lessons about:

1.    God’s unselfish love

2.    Joy

3.    Patience

4.    Self-Image

5.    Acceptance

6.    Courage

7.    Perseverance

8.    Individual value

N.   Inclusion: Creates Success

1.    Typical developing students become better community leaders with a broader outlook and perspective on their community

2.    Children with special needs generally become adults with disabilities and now have friends and respect of those in the community

3.    Most children with special needs and adults with disabilities can become contributing members of their communities

4.    A success story of a person with special needs

a.  Keith Boy – success at 10

O.   Why people don’t pursue inclusion

1.    Don’t recognize the need

2.    Don’t understand the child what the child can accomplish

3.    Think they as a school don’t have the ability-knowledge to do so

4.    Think it is too costly

P.   www.littlelighthouse.org

1.    We want to help you help these special children at your schools and in your communities. We have resources and programs available.

2.    Two websites – our first is the general information about who we are and the services we provide.

Q.   www.thelittleanchor.org

1.    This website is full of great resources.  It provides help

R.   Pinterest page with suggestions for activities

1.    https://www.pinterest.com/LLHTulsa

2.    Additional ideas and activities

S.   Challenges of Inclusion

1.    Identifying and understanding children with special needs

2.    Dealing with the behavior challenges

3.    The cost of education

4.    Changing the community and culture’s views of children with special needs and adults with disabilities

5.    Finding the resources, i.e. appropriate curriculum, money, professionals, space

T.    Addressing the Challenges:

1.    Identifying the child with special needs

U.   Sometimes it is easy to identify a child with special needs but often it is not. Many children with special needs are not easily identified physically.

V.   Sometimes the child with special needs is already in your schools such as children with learning disabilities, sensory processing disorder and/or high functioning Autism.

W.  These children are generally identified when they are in your classes and present with behavior challenges or unusual difficulty attend to lessons and learning.

X.    Addressing the Challenges:

1.    Understanding the children

2.    Children with special needs are just like other children in many ways and yet have additional challenges.

3.    Understanding their unique challenges will help you to help them.

4.    While they have unique challenges, they also have a unique ability to bring joy and gratefulness into your classroom and the lives of those around them.

Y.   We Can Do It – Addressing the Challenges:

1.    Behavioral Challenges: Frequently schools do not include children with special needs because of the behavioral challenges

Z.    Any child can and does have behavioral challenges.

AA.    The key is to look for the reason behind the behavior and address it.

BB.    We need to remember that all behavior is an attempt to communicate something

CC.   Frequently behavior challenges are a result of frustrations

DD.   They can be due to being uncomfortable – clothing

EE.    Not being able to communicate.

FF.       Not understanding what you want them to do

GG.   Others

1.    Honestly, not being able to overcome the impulse

2.    Fear of failure

3.    Peer reactions to their differences bullying

HH.   There will be other sessions on these topics

1.    Sensory Processing Challenges (Slide 23)

a.    Look beyond the behavior for the reason

b.    It is often a Sensory Processing problem

1)    Fascinating topic

2)    Affects us all

c.    Examples:  (Slide 24)

2.    Such as being overly sensitive to everyday sounds such as a car horn honking

3.    Not tolerating clothing made from some types of fabrics especially rough materials or collar tags

4.    Responding inappropriately to light touch

5.    Refusing or gagging if forced to eat some foods due to the texture or color

II.    This will be our main topic of discuss for the next three days.

JJ.  The Cost

1.    Depends on extent of the child’s needs

2.    Additional curriculum

3.    Additional staff

a.    Use high school students to help

b.    Ask for community volunteers

KK.    Addressing the way the community and culture views individuals with a disability

a.    Creating opportunities for success by individuals with disabilities

b.    Creating opportunities for good experiences with individuals with disabilities

c.    It takes time, but there is no time like the presence to start.

LL. We Can Do It – Finding resources

1.    The Little Anchor www.thelittleanchor.org

2.    Little Light House www.littlelighthouse.org

3.    Good & trustable websites

a.    Information

b.    The Little Anchor

1)      Articles written by the staff of the Little Light House

c.    Links to other good, trustable websites – written by a well-known source

1)      Offers reasonable information

2)      Does not offer a “cure” for a developmental or genetic disorder

3)      Does not ask you to buy anything or pay for any information

4)      Plenty of good, free, reliable information out there, if in question ask the LLH

4.    Finding teachers trained in:

a.    Identifying children with special needs

b.    Methods of teaching them

c.    Ability to make adaptations in the lessons and materials being used for ease of access by the child with special needs

MM.  We Can Do It – Web Based Resources

1.    Website for resources about Autism:

a.    French:  https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/non-english-resources/french

b.    English:  http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/

2.    Website for Sensory Processing Disorder:

a.    French (and English): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2542921/

b.    English:  http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/sensory-processing-disorder-checklist.html

3.    The Little Light House Pinterest page

a.    English:  https://www.pinterest.com/LLHTulsa/


NN.   We can do it – We are all created by God   Psalms 139:13-18

OO.   Jesus calls us to minister to ALL of His Children  Matthew 25:40

PP.  We Can Do It –  Conclusion

1.    You now have an overview of the reasons why a child may be identified as having special needs.

2.    The techniques you will be hearing about have been ones that we have found to be successful at our school when working with a variety of children.

3.    We hope that you will hear some things that you feel will help you out when working with your children and when you’re facing some the same types of challenges that we have faced.

4.    We, myself, and the Little Light House staff members that are here with me, are very pleased to be here with you.

5.     We, along with all of the staff and LLH family back in Tulsa are so blessed to be able to be a resource to you.  And we would like you to contact us for information.




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