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Robin

Bryan #1
July 25, 2017
SPED 5326.501
Strategy Matrix
Organizing Needs & Strategies for Intervention Purposes
Disability: Other Health Impairments
Possible/Common Strengths: People who have a disability that disadvantages them physically compared to peers
(i.e. loss of a limb, asthma) often figure out ways to get around the struggles their disability bring them. This
determination often results in the individual being more innovative than people without their disability.

Common Disability Characteristic Evidence-based Instructional or Behavioral Strategies


Choose 6 characteristics for YOUR CHARACTER the student can learn to find school success

Academic
1. Decreased Mental Stamina- Due to health problems, a) Chaining- Through chaining, students with decreased
these students may not be able to focus on mentally mental stamina are more likely to complete a larger task
demanding tasks for a long amount of time. successfully, and are less likely to get overwhelmed by
multi-step tasks.
b) LINCS- This strategy can help students remember
vocabulary words by associating it with known vocabulary
and images.
2. Academic setbacks- Students with health impairments a) Mnemonics- Using mnemonics can help students learn
may miss a significant amount of classroom instruction, new information by linking it with background knowledge in
due to doctor visit and sick days. a meaningful and memorable way.
b) Scaffolding- Scaffolding can be used to adjust the level of
support given in completing an assignment, depending on
the individuals needs.


Social / School (Skills)
1. Communication impairments Depending on the a) Movement- Students can communicate their opinions
specific health impairment, these students may struggle and thoughts through movement in games such as Four-
with communication, due to a disorder or a necessary Corners, Agree/Disagree, and Cross The Line.
medical device that restricts ones ability to speak, write, b) Journaling- Journaling can be used as a form of
or gesture. assessment, and also as a way to help students express their
thoughts and feelings.
2. Reduced socialization- If the health impairment has a) P.A.L.S.- Peer tutoring can boost students social skills,
caused the student to miss a significant amount of school, confidence and achievement.
this student may have limited experience socializing with b) Games for Learning Academics- This strategy allows
children their own age in a school environment. students to practice skills and interact with peers in a fun
and positive environment.

Behavior / Organization
1. Limited alertness- Students with other health a) Self-Monitoring This strategy encourages students to
impairments may have an increased alertness to be self-aware regarding their attention to a task.
environmental factors, which results in a reduced b) Self-Regulation- Using positive reinforcement, students
alertness in regards to the academic environment. are able to monitor, evaluate, and reinforce their own on-
task behavior.
2.Low Self-Esteem: Due to limitations resulting from a) Choral Response- When using choral response, no one
health problems, students may have little confidence in student is singled out. This strategy can increase active
their abilities. This characteristic may manifest itself in a involvement by lowering the affective filter.
students unwillingness to participate in classroom b) Positive Self-Talk- This strategy encourages students to
activities. focus on what can they can do, rather than having them
focus on shortcomings.

Robin Bryan #1
July 25, 2017
SPED 5326.501