Building Language by Denise Griffin, Westmoore High School verified non-profit

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Launched Jul 20, 2017
Ends Sep 09, 2017
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Category: Language
Class Size: 10
Grade: 9th - 12th 

   As a special education teacher, I work with my students for several years.  My students have multiple disabilities including nonverbal, severe physical impairments, health impairments, intellectual disabilities, and autism.  I constantly am looking for new materials to use to develop and/or improve functional academic and communication skills of my students.  Many times my students are overlooked because people only see their disabilities not their abilities.  Part of my job is to change this perception.  I need to demonstrate how my students learn and interact in their environments.  In order  to do this, my students need a strong language and communication foundation.  With the materials requested (flashcards, folder activities, and communication devices), I can provide this foundation and improve students' knowledge and skills.  At Lakeshore Learning, individual flashcards are available along with sets. These materials cost anywhere from $7.99 - $22.99.  Also, file folder games are available in individual concept areas or as sets for $34.99 - $129.00.  At Enabling Devices, talkables (communication devices) are available for $119.95 - $209.95.  My students have had the best success and student engagement utilizing these devices.       

If we do not meet our goal...

If I do not meet my goal I will purchase the materials that are available.   Flashcards are cheaper and readily available at many locations.  I can modify activities to include the flashcards for letter/picture/word identification, spelling, numbers and math computations, basic skills such as colors and shapes, opposites, matching, etc.  My students are held to the same academic standards as their non-disabled peers.  Unfortunately, they do not always have a strong language foundation to build upon.  I mix basic and functional skills with the academic standards to produce activities to provide student awareness, engagement, and success in the learning environment.

Suggested Investments


Building Language

To provide flashcards to build language and communication skills for students with multiple disabilities.
Invest $25


Building Language

To provide file folder games to promote language and communication skills for students with multiple disabilities.
Invest $100


Building Language

To provide students with disabilities that are nonverbal access to developing/improving expressive, receptive, and functional communication skills.
Invest $200

Denise Griffin

special education teacher, Westmoore High School

I am a special educator working with high school age students with multiple disabilities. I am also a member of our district's transition team. I am currently working on my master's degree in special education with an emphasis on transition services. I was just accepted to complete national board certification.

Westmoore High School View All Causes

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Westmoore High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in south Oklahoma City. The student body includes residents of south Oklahoma City as well as the city of Moore. Westmoore is one of three high schools in the Moore Public School District, the third largest district in the state. Westmoore High School is classified as a 6A school. Moore-Norman Technology Center courses are offered either a.m. or p.m. to eleventh and twelfth graders through application. Transportation is provided.

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