Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Mobility Experiences in the Community
This was another day where I learned a lot from the people I work with. One of the topics that came up which just made a lot of sense had to do with varied mobility options in the community. The staff talked about having the students who are able to walk with various pieces of equipment use them in the stores not as a part of traditional community based instruction, but as pure exploration through a different perspective. Many times we make the decision to use the student's wheelchair or stroller because the focus of the experience is on learning how to shop, make a choice, bank, apply for a job etc. Using the more supportive device allows the student to focus on different aspects of the experience. What we forget sometimes is we should flip this around. Why aren't we going to the stores for the sole purpose of exploration through a different form of mobility. The experience is so motivating for the student. This additional learning experience can only add to their understanding and knowledge of their world. It is a simple but incredibly important opportunity we should consider including on a regular basis.