Educational Strategies for Students with CHARGE Syndrome. Holly Cooper, Ph.D. Texas Deafblind Project. Best Practices in Instruction.
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Holly Cooper, Ph.D.
Texas Deafblind Project
Hearing and vision impairments are common, be sure assessment information is in place and that sensory needs are addressed with the appropriate aids and accommodations:
Make sure the communication mode is accessible to the child and
you have the child’s visual attention when you communicate, especially if sign language is the communication mode.
Be sure the student knows the meaning of the words or signs you are using.
If the student doesn’t understand, teach him or her!
If the student is using sign language as their primary communication mode:
If the student is using oral language,
To teach the meanings of words and concepts.
Language experience stories are appropriate for a variety of students.
Problems with behavior can also be addressed with educational strategies:
Individuals with CHARGE frequently have some of the following behavior problems
Some may be the result of physical problems kids with charge commonly experience:
Unpredictable behavior can be due to long term issues including
Post-traumatic stress disorder due to:
multiple hospital stays
Individuals with CHARGE can experience
Paradoxical reactions to medications
medications that are ineffective after a period of use
Can be induced or made worse by stress:
Sensory problems may result in apparent “uncooperative behavior:”
Sensory Issues can cause stress leading to unexpected outbursts or passivity in students.
Tantrums and aggressive outbursts may result from:
Refusal to comply with directions may be due to:
Students with CHARGE also experience stress and behavior problems for the same reasons as other kids:
Use a team approach to education
Behavior problems are part of the disability
Take a Break!
Give them time to recover their physical and mental energy