Changing Meanings of Fat: Fat, Obesity, Epidemics, and by Francisco O. Ramirez, Donald Barr, John Meyer

By Francisco O. Ramirez, Donald Barr, John Meyer

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Some students with physical disabilities will need to use modified desks or chairs. It is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that the student makes use of the equipment. Some secondary school students with physical disabilities will have great difficulty writing and taking notes. Their fine-motor movements may be slow and their coordination very poor and inaccurate. The teacher could establish a peer support network and allow the student to use a tape recorder to record lessons, or photocopy the notes of other students.

Strategies for developing social skills are described in Chapter 8; but helping students with intellectual disability form lasting friendships with other children in the mainstream is actually very problematic (Shepherd 2010). Often mainstream students who start out with good intentions to socialize with a disabled peer quickly lose interest and fade away (Smith and Tyler 2010). In post-school years, socialization remains difficult for many individuals with intellectual disability and often they require regular and ongoing support from a social worker (Williams 2009).

G. repeatedly asking the same question of the same person, even though it has been answered; using a strangely pedantic style of speech; the overuse of stereotypic phrases); Students with intellectual disability and autism • • • • 29 a lack of common sense in their daily encounters with the physical environment; naïve and inappropriate social approaches to others; narrow, obsessive interests; some appear physically awkward and poorly coordinated. A few high-functioning students with this syndrome may exhibit certain areas of very great talent or knowledge.

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