Have students write a collaborative poem or story using Twitter, IM, Edmodo or Facebook. This way, authors can contribute one word, one line, or several paragraphs.

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31 Ways to Enjoy an Inclusive Summer

Posted on August 04, 2014 in Inclusion

Last month, I sent one tweet each day to help families generate ideas for summer activities that children with a wide range of needs, interests, and abilities will find accessible and enjoyable. July is over, but summer is not, so I am posting the list here for those you not on Twitter and/or still seeking ideas for these last weeks of August.

  1. Tell stories around the fire. Use AAC device for catch phrase/sound effect/punch line. Let everyone try!
  2. Rain? Try a big family puzzle. Turn taking, talking & eye-contact are not necessary & everyone works at his/her own pace.
  3. Head to a drive-in. No need to use quiet voices & those needing to move around during the film can do so.
  4. Remember headphones during fireworks or watch from a distance to make the night comfortable for all.
  5. Play audiobooks on road trips; those who cannot access books independently get to “read” & the family gets to share a story.
  6. Take pics of a fun day & assemble into a book. Kids can take snaps, write captions, etc. Read & repeat to build fluency!
  7. Try a kayak, paddle boat, or bicycle built for two. It’s more fun than a solo trip & a buddy provides support.
    Kaya

  8. Create a ritual that everyone can look forward to & participate in: an after-dinner stroll, a weekly visit to the park, etc.
  9. Invite friends over for non-competitive games like scavenger hunts, charades, and sidewalk chalk exhibitions.
  10. Let everyone in the family suggest one NEW summer activity; one that is accessible & fun for all.
  11. Get a museum pass & cut visits short when it is too crowded/overwhelming. Make several short visits vs. one long one.
  12. Create collaborative art-make a mural on a sheet, create photo collages, or paint an old chair.
    Kids Painting

  13. Dive in! For many, the pool/lake/ocean is the ultimate “accessible environment” & enjoying the water is THE quintessential summer experience.
  14. Make gluten-free s’mores
  15. Play board games that build literacy skills-Scrabble, Boggle, Story Cubes, etc.
  16. Play board games that build math skills-Pay Day, Yahtzee, Candyland, Monopoly, Sorry, Connect 4, Tangrams, Rummikub, etc.
  17. Connect w/ pen pals-learn about the world & build lang/literacy skills. Writing to a pal is also a great excuse to try new assistive tech.
  18. Have some sensory fun–dig in the sand, play in the mud, or make water balloons!
  19. Suggest skits, backyard performances & improv games. Lots of fun & helpful in developing communication, social, & literacy skills.
  20. Cook or bake something new and let everyone take part. Use a switch to mix/blend if needed.
  21. Dive into your child’s fascinations-learn about Minecraft, read vampire books, ask new questions about One Direction, etc.
  22. Find a summer activity (jump rope, kick-the-can, tag); develop many possible adaptations/versions as possible.
  23. Ride around your city on your child’s favorite type of transportation-bus, train, subway, or pedicab. See the sights & relax.
  24. Camp in the backyard. Save $ and don’t worry about forgetting meds, special foods, or adaptive equipment!
  25. Take a day trip & build background knowledge. A trip to a pond to learn ecosystems? To the state capitol to learn about government?
  26. Give kids odd jobs to earn spending $; find chores that teach new skills, if possible (organizing, counting, cooking).
  27. Learn a new card game. Use pool noodles as card holders for little hands or for those needing support.
    TMMC ORGANIZATION helping hand

  28. Play some mini golf & give different roles to different players-putting expert, cheerleader, scorer, etc.
    Mini Golf

  29. Look into inclusive summer camp experiences like those promoted by the National Inclusion Project
  30. Shoot silly videos. This is an easy way to let everyone be expressive & create in their own ways (with or without words)..video serves as a keepsake too.
  31. Volunteer (e.g., bring treats to an animal shelter). Some kids who get a lot of support love the chance to provide it.

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