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Sunny Circle Time for Special People — Tweens (Ages 8-12) — Ongoing

In this fun, ongoing subscription class for special needs learners, we will build social skills with show & tell, songs, and games! This class is good for learners with Down syndrome, autism, and various other cognitive disabilities.
Laura Rupers, M.Ed., Certified Reading Specialist
71 total reviews for this teacher
5 reviews for this class
Completed by 18 learners
year olds
learners per class

Charged weekly
Meets 1x per week
Runs week after week
25 minutes per class
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I have taught children and young people with special needs for over 20 years. When I taught music in public school, I had a special class for learners who were severely and profoundly disabled. In my undergraduate and master's level education classes, I have had extensive training in differentiating instruction for learners with intellectual, behavioral, and physical disabilities. For many years, I have volunteered at Special Olympics; I love it! I especially enjoyed volunteering in a Sunday school class for children with special needs. I have worked with children with severe autism, Down syndrome, Williams Syndrome, FASD, TBI, and a variety of other developmental challenges. 
Please bring 1-2 item(s) for Show and Tell. Some children prefer to bring the same item each week. This is fine! However, bringing something different each week gives new opportunities for expanding vocabulary and conversation. OPTIONAL: We will mainly use our hands and bodies to keep the beat—for example, clapping our hands or patting our laps. However, learners are welcome to bring a homemade shaker, drum, or rhythm sticks, if they like. Here are some ideas: Shaker: Place unpopped popcorn, rice, beans, or beads into a child-safe medicine bottle. Or, place them in an Easter egg and secure with tape. Drum: Use an empty ice cream tub. You can decorate it with colorful stickers. Sticks: Two pencils; two chopsticks; two paper towel or foil/plastic wrap tubes; thick dowels, 6"-10" long (from craft section of Walmart, Michael's, Hobby Lobby, etc.)
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
25 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Sometimes we will move around the room. Please ensure that your child has a safe space in which to move. If needed, push furniture out of the way to create an open space for movement. Please remove any items which could potentially be trip hazards. Thank you!


Laura Rupers, M.Ed., Certified Reading Specialist
Lives in the United States
High energy and enthusiastic! TESOL-certified
71 total reviews
120 completed classes

About Me

Five years ago, after many joyful decades of teaching children and teens of all ages in a wide variety of settings, I ventured into the world of online teaching. WOW—It has captivated me like nothing else! Teaching on Outschool is especially... 
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