With seven kids at home it can be difficult for me to concentrate on anything for longer than a few moments! Imagine then, what it is like for a child who suffers with attention problems, learning problems or other neurological issues, to pay attention in Faith Formation Class.
One of the ways to make our classrooms a place where learning can happen is to remove the extra distractions from the environment.
1/ Do an inventory of your classroom space. Are there bright lights? A lot of pictures on the walls? Does a noisy heater go off periodically?
2/ Once the distractions are identified, make a list of which things could be changed. Can you use task lighting instead of overhead fluorescent lighting? Can you keep the door closed to minimize hallway noise?
3/ Opt for one main display rather than a lot of little ones. Having one focal point is easier for kids with disabilities to look at. Be sensitive to very bright colors that are scattered all over the room.
4/ If possible, limit class size or add additional aids to your class. In our classes, we often use teenagers to help out. If there is a child in your class that is identified with special needs, consider having a one-on-one helper for that child.
5/ Don’t ask that child’s parents to be your classroom helper unless they offer. Most parents of kids with disabilities would welcome a little time to themselves. Having their kids safely in class for an hour may give them the time they need to pray, run errands, or just recharge their personal batteries.
6/ Have fun. Kids with special needs often see the world in a unique way. They may open your eyes to a new view of your Catholic world.
If you make a purchase via a link on this site, we may receive a small commission. There will be no added cost to you. Thank you!