Smaller class size offers right fit for some students with disabilities
Some students with disabilities in Florida are finding success at a group of private Christian schools that provide a 10-to-1 student-teacher ratio, therapists in the classrooms and a focus on character traits, such as integrity and compassion. "We reinvent the wheel with every kid, every day," said Chris Pello, who runs Bay Life Academy. "We have students with skills on many levels, both socially and academically." Florida provides private-school tuition to eligible students with disabilities via the McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.)
S.C. gym makes skill-building fun for students with disabilities
An occupational therapist and assistant in Aiken, S.C., have opened a sensory gym complete with ziplines, swings and ball pits to help children with disabilities work on motor skills, strength and vestibular and sensory processing. Through their work in schools and with another company, Gina Hutto and her partner Lisa Robinson saw a need for a place for students to work on sensory issues. Aiken Standard (S.C.)
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