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Documenting Progress

We have added a new section on Documentation on the Active Learning Space site!   While many of us know that our students are making progress, it is important to be able to track it in a way that is meaningful.
Boy with different types of balls on a steel drum
A boy explores different types of balls on a steel drum.

Documenting Progress Using the Functional Scheme

We believe that it is important to begin with an assessment using the Functional Scheme, which is the tool developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen to help to determine the developmental level of a learner.  We recommend that you review how to document progress using the Functional Scheme, in order to ensure consistency. We also encourage that the educational team work in pairs to score the Functional Scheme and that the entire team review the results and reach agreement on the scores. 

Documenting Progress in IEP Goals and Benchmarks

Documenting student progress is a requirement of IDEA.  This means that specific skills that are included in the IEP must be measured through periodic reports, report cards and review as part of the IEP meeting. This information informs the IEP team about the effectiveness of their instruction.  Get tips for creating appropriate goals and benchmarks.

Developing Portfolios to Document Progress

Another way to document progress is a Student Portfolio, which contains examples of what the student does.   This might be in the form of videos, forms, artifacts, photos, charts, etc. The Active Learning Materials and Activities Planning Sheet  is a document the team may wish to include.

                      Girl with key rings and other metal rings

Forms for Documenting Progress

Educators often develop forms to help them document the learner's progress toward IEP or other skill acquisition. Some help you to evaluate a particular learning environment or perceptualizing aid used during an Active Learning activity.  We have collected a number of forms that you may want to use.  We also welcome examples of forms that you have created!  We invite you to email us with any examples you'd like to share.

Videos Demonstrating Early Fine Motor Development Skills

The two videos below were part of our September webinar: The Comprehending Hand: Fine Motor Development.  They are also available on our website.
A boy lying on his back on a resonance board
Arm Movements with Slinky on a Resonance Board:  As the boy in this video moves his arm up and down, he appears to be experimenting with, and comparing, the different feedback he receives from the movement of each extremity, either with or without the Slinky.
A boy in a wheechair interacting with an outdoor activity wall
The boy in this video is interacting with an outdoor activity wall.  He demonstrates scratching motions on the paddle drum.
Did you miss our September webinar: The Comprehending Hand: Fine Motor Development?  It's now available online and we invite you to watch it.

Join Our Next Webinar!

We are hosting a series of three study group webinars during the 2018-2019 school year for teachers, therapists, families, and anyone who is interested in learning more about Active Learning.  All of our webinars are free, but you must register for each individual session.  They will be recorded and archived on our site for viewing at a later date.  You can watch them later for delayed viewing credit.

January 24, 2019:  Constructive Play 

This is the second of a 3-part series presented by Patty Obrzut and Jessica McCavit, who are both Occupational Therapists at the Penrickton Center for Blind Children.  This session will focus on Constructive Play for learners in the Preoperational Stage (starting at approximately at the developmental level of two years).
       Register now
4:00-5:00 EDT
3:00-4:00 CDT
2:00-3:00 MDT
1:00-2:00 PDT

We welcome participants from around the world and will be happy to help you figure out what time it will be in your local area, should you wish to participate in the live broadcast.

April 18, 2019:  Oral Motor Activities

This is the third of a 3-part series presented by Patty Obrzut and Jessica McCavit, who are both Occupational Therapists at the Penrickton Center for Blind Children.  This session will focus on Oral Motor activities.

Upcoming Training Events

June 10-11:  Patty Obrzut, Dallas, Texas
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