Can You Help a Child with Special Needs? | Congregation Beth Am

Can You Help a Child with Special Needs?

Message from Beth Am’s INCLUDE Committee

The Beth Am INCLUDE Committee is proud to report that with the help of our Inclusion Director, Nirit Zandman, we have made a strong start to fulfill our vision of making all aspects of congregational life, especially youth education, accessible and welcoming to every child and teen in our community. Some of our recent highlights include:

  • Developing Individualized Support Plans for students in Sunday and Hebrew Programs to accommodate their learning and social needs and improve participation.
  • Initiating Parent Circle -- monthly meetings for parents of children with special needs.
  • Continuing professional development for teachers and madrichim.
  • Ongoing support to teachers in implementation of inclusive teaching strategies in the classrooms, including sensory tools, behavior strategies and lesson modifications.

To keep our momentum going in this new school year, we need your help. We have students who need a volunteer helper in the classroom. This volunteer position would be approximately two hours per week on either a Sunday morning or Sunday afternoon from September 2018 through May 2019. It would entail attending classes and recess with the student and providing support with classroom learning and social interactions as needed. Volunteers will receive guidance from Beth Am staff on specific accommodations and strategies that can be used to support the student.

Ideal candidates might have past experience teaching or in special education. The most important qualification, however, is a willingness to help!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rabbi Miriam Philips, (650) 493-4661.

Thanks for making Beth Am a warm and inclusive community for all our kids.

-- The Inclusion Committee (co-chairs Melissa Kelley, Leah Strauss and Steve Bauman)


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