My Field Placement Observation Within A Middle School Classroom At The Day School

1130 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
On September 22, 2016, I completed my field placement observation in a middle school classroom located at The Day School. The heterogeneous group of students that made up the classroom have significant cognitive weaknesses in general learning abilities, functional communication, fine and gross motor skills, social skills, self-care, sensory, and physical development. In addition to their intellectual disabilities, many students in the classroom suffered with health care problems, including eating problems, growth impairments, and respiratory disorders. During my visit, the teacher and paraprofessionals provided support to the students with health care needs. These responsibilities included toileting assistance and diapering, food preparation, and oral hygiene. Additionally, they provided assistance and support in a variety of areas, including communication, lifting and positioning, dressing, as well as areas of academics. Furthermore, they provided support to students who displayed challenging behaviors, including stereotyped behaviors, aggressive behaviors, and noncompliance.
After speaking with the special education teacher in the classroom, I learned that the challenging or inappropriate behaviors occurred as a basic form of communication to express discontent for an activity, dislike for sounds produced by others in the classroom, or because the students need help completing a task. For others, the challenging behaviors occurred as a way to escape from a…

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