Graduation Speech : Education Plan Essay

735 Words Nov 28th, 2015 3 Pages
Julia is a 12-year-old girl who attends a third-grade self-contained class at a public school in New Jersey. She was diagnosed with autism at the age of three years. She receives occupational therapy and speech therapy services as a part of Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Although Julia is independent with basic daily living skills, she has difficulty meeting demands of her occupational roles of a student, peer, and a family member and successfully participating in occupations such as learning, play, and leisure. Julia’s participation in school occupations is compromised due to her cognitive, psycho-social, and sensorimotor difficulties. She continues to have difficulty regulating her sensory arousal level. She seeks excessive movement during classroom activities in the forms of pacing or jumping. In addition, she gets easily distracted by extraneous auditory and visual stimuli. Julia also exhibits difficulty organizing her behavior. She has frequent meltdowns that can range from just screaming to charging at the teacher. She prefers her routines and has difficulty coping with changes in the routines. Julia uses gestures, single words, or small sentences to communicate with others. She requires extensive verbal and physical prompting or close supervision during most school activities.
Contextual Assessment
Physical context.
Immediate level. Julia’s classroom is similar to most of the classrooms in public schools. The classroom consists of a large, U- shaped table,…

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