Date
20 September 2021

Provide options to create, learn and share

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8’

Offer storytelling options

Offer storytelling options

Introduce students to a range of tools they can use to express their ideas and tell stories.

Offer multi-media tools, drawing, painting, drama and singing alongside writing.

Assess suitability

Assess suitability

The Ministry of Education allocates devices which are over and above standard classroom equipment to support some students. 

Students supported by any of the following services are able to apply for AT:

They must also be enrolled in a registered school (compulsory education) or formally exempted from school and aged between five and 19 years (or up to the end of the year in which they turn 21 if they have an individual agreement with the Ministry of Education (Section 9 special education agreement).

Who can apply for assistive technology – details Ministry of Education information.

Follow the application process

Follow the application process

The Ministry of Education outline three steps in applying for AT.

  1. Establish a collaborative team.
  2. Complete an assessment:
    • Clarify the purpose of the AT.
    • Gather information and assessment data.
    • Trial assistive technology and collect data.
  3. Submit your application.

Forms for assistive technology – downloadable forms including those for application, repairs, replacement, management, and review are on the Ministry of Education website.

Offer options for sharing learning

Offer options for sharing learning

Students with Down syndrome often enjoy drama and performance.

Grow their repetoire by introducing new approaches.

Use role play to practice language skills

Use role play to practice language skills

Provide opportunities to practise language used in daily activities such as shopping or travelling on the bus.

Useful resources

Useful resources

File

Assistive Technology Service Pathway

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Support success in assessments

Support success in assessments

Discuss with students what support they need to demonstrate their understanding in tests and assessments.

Talk about:

  • possible barriers created by the physical environment: unfamiliar layout of room, lighting, temperature
  • possible barriers created by the design of materials: cluttered presentation, hard-to-read diagrams, unclear layout, hard-copies only
  • ways to manage time allocations such as using visual timers
  • negotiating breaks and extra time
  • managing anxiety through mindfulness, positive self-talk, and identifying solutions to anticipated problems prior to the assessment
  • using digital technologies such as text-to-speech and predictive text
  • pre-teaching specific test skills, such as how to approach multiple choice questions.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Best apps for children with Down syndrome

Publisher: Brennan Innovators LLC

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8”:

Return to the guide “Down syndrome and learning”

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