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Angel’s Journey from Home to an Inclusive Classroom

Thursday, 1 October, 2020

A young girl sitting in a classroom at a desk, whilst her teacher stands next to her

Nine-year-old Angel was born with Cerebral Palsy and asphyxia brought on by a delayed labour. Her muscles are weak, making it difficult for her to hold objects and stand. She also has developmental delays and finds it challenging to articulate herself.

In 2014, Angel’s mother met with a Special Needs Education teacher from a local Deafblind Resource Hub who observed Angel and advised an assessment to determine the degree of her impairment and the right channels to be used for learning and teaching. The teacher provided support to Angel’s parents about how to conduct home-based care and physical exercises with their daughter. This included supporting her to stand and move, improve her communication, and life skills such as eating and getting dressed.

A young girl sitting on a woman's lap. They are both looking at a phone with a Sense International sticker on the back

Angel’s parents started to notice a steady change in Angel’s abilities, including being supported to stand with a standing frame, and their hopes were revived. After another assessment, it was suggested that Angel was ready to join a mainstream class with the support of a personal Teaching Assistant. Life has changed dramatically for Angel’s family since she joined school.

A young girl smiling into the camera

Angel’s mother also received a tablet computer pre-loaded with training videos and applications to support Angel at home. The videos include training for communication, activities of daily living, orientation and mobility. The applications provide guidance for sensory stimulation activities, which Angel can use with support from her parents, to continue her development at home.

 

 

    

 

 

First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 20 September 2017