Links to Learning, a special education program located at Gatewood Elementary, serves our students with severe cognitive disabilities. Many are non-verbal and lack the functional communication skills to convey their needs, wants, health and safety information, or to successfully participate in academic and social tasks.
Imagine yourself in this frustrating situation and notice the vital role communication plays in your every interaction. These inspiring Hopkins teachers and speech pathologist have done just that, and rather than become stumped by the limited curriculum available, are instead creating a practice-based curriculum focused on core vocabulary.
This HEF grant provides the tools needed for this curriculum: a library of engaging materials to foster active and enthusiastic learning through hands-on activities, and to provide the repetition needed to enhance core skills and vocabulary. These activities will be structured to align with the communication goals for the students, as well as help them increase their self-help skills, reading, writing, and math tasks.
Gatewood Elementary K-6 Links to Learning
Submitters: Kristina Melsen, Stacy MacBlane-Meyer, Abbie Miklos, Erikka Schimelpfenig