Answer key: Special Toys for Special Kids

Lesson Plan:  First Special Toys for Special Children

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. Special Needs |ˈspeSHəl nēdz| pl.noun (in the context of children at school) particular educational requirements resulting from learning difficulties, physical disability, or emotional and behavioral difficulties.
  2. assemble |əˈsembəl| verb [with object] bring (people or things) together for a common purpose: he assembled the surviving members of the group for a tour.
  3. recommendation |ˌrekəmənˈdāSH(ə)n| noun a suggestion or proposal as to the best course of action, especially one put forward by an authoritative body: the committee put forward forty recommendations for change. • the action of recommending something or someone: he selected his staff by personal recommendation.
  4. therapist |ˈTHerəpəst| noun a person skilled in a particular kind of therapy: a certified massage therapist.• a psychoanalyst, psychologist, etc., who treats psychological problems; a psychotherapist: cost is one factor keeping them from the therapist ‘s couch.
  5. gear |ɡir|  noun informal equipment that is used for a particular purpose.
  6. personality  |ˌpərsəˈnalədē| noun (plural personalities)1 the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character: she had a sunny personality that was very engaging |
  7. occupational therapyɑkjəˈpeɪʃənl| noun a form of therapy for those recuperating from physical or mental illness that encourages rehabilitation through the performance of activities required in daily life.
  8. auditory |ˈôdəˌtôrē| adjective relating to the sense of hearing: the auditory nerves | teaching methods use both visual and auditory stimulation.
  9. tactile |ˈtaktlˈtakˌtīl| adjective of or connected with the sense of touch: vocal and visual signals become less important as tactile signals intensify.
  10. catchy |ˈkaCHēˈkeCHē| adjective (catchier, catchiest) (of a tune or phrase) instantly appealing and memorable: a catchy recruiting slogan.

Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I – 1 – We’re

We’re trained to use toys as tools.

II -2 – were

The first several sessions were challenging for her.

III – 1- swings

Many fabric swings are less expensive.

Reading Comprehension Fill-ins   

My daughter started occupational therapy when she was 8 months old and recovering from surgery. The first several sessions were challenging for her, so the therapist made sure to begin with an activity she enjoyed. The therapist placed the Bilibo on the floor, and, as my daughter reclined in it, gave it a few gentle twirls. The Bilibo became her favorite warmup, hands down.