Overview - A FUNCTIONAL CURRICULUM VOL. 2
Product Type: Books
Authors: Michael Bender, Peter J. Valletutti, Carol Ann Baglin, Audrey Hoffnung, and Bernita Sims-Tucker
Number of Pages: 309 pages
Age Appropriate Level: Yes
This four-volume series, available individually or as a set, is designed to prepare students to function as independently as possible in an integrated society. Each volume provides scores of instructional strategies that facilitate the functional performance of children and youth with disabilities in a variety of life situations. The functional approach to teaching requires an instructional method that emphasizes the application of knowledge and skills in reality contexts. Life-skill topics addressed include: self-care, motor skills, household management, nonverbal and oral communication, functional academics, interpersonal, competitive job-findings, and leisure-time skills.
Each volume comes with general goals, an introduction to the curriculum, and specific objectives for suggested activities, which are now separated into new categories: Teacher Intervention and Family Intervention. Further, these editions include four distinctive age-appropriate levels for all activities: infant and toddler/preschooler, primary, intermediate, and secondary. Educators will find the detailed overview on functional curriculum quite helpful.
Covers two units: Nonverbal Communication and Oral Communication. Unit 1 teaches students to communicate using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Augmentative approaches are supplemental; whereas, alternative approaches include communication boards and signing instruction to aid communication. Unit 2 includes linguistic developmental activities ranging from cooing and routine play ("Pat-A-Cake") to communicating with others and asking for directions.
The teaching strategies covered in each book are applicable to all students with varying abilities and ages. All the activities covered are great with individual or small-group settings.