My VI student O has been very ill. She has missed five days of school, straddling a weekend, and so many important lessons have gone by that my colleague, who supports O in the hefty subjects of geography and maths is very concerned about helping her to catch up once she is back up to speed. O came back to work last Tuesday but as she was doing some catch-up work on maths, she fell asleep, so intoxicating are the drugs which keep her condition under control. O's mum came to pick her up and we didn't see her again till Friday.
Her lack of volume
continues to be a major problem. Since O never speaks above a whisper
it's difficult to try to converse with her. She doesn't often volunteer
information, and in the time I have worked with her she has not once
asked me anything about myself. O's peers, who began the year showing
interest in her, have tailed off and she has become very isolated socially.
The support staff have talked over some interventions. The Senco asked whether, in fact, this school is the
best place for O. Is there a specialist school which would cater better
for the needs of a bright visually impaired student? Yes, replied the
VI specialist teacher (who comes in three times a week), there is one such school. But it's in Warrington, a long way from here. Ah.
We have a number of
interventions available to us, and we will work through these with O in
the hopes of reaching some solution. It may be that one very simple action has results, but it's more likely to be a combination of various ideas, and may take some time. Ideas, anyone?