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ERIC Number: EJ902002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Nutrition and Fitness Curriculum: Designing Instructional Interventions for Children with Developmental Disabilities
Simpson, Cynthia G.; Swicegood, Philip R.; Gaus, Mark D.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v38 n6 p50-53 Jul-Aug 2006
With the recent rise of childhood obesity, teaching children with developmental disabilities about healthful lifestyle choices has important implications for special educators. Designing instructional interventions for children with developmental disabilities in the areas of nutrition and weight management poses challenges to educators, who must consider the cognitive levels and physical limitations that are characteristic of the disability. More specifically, the "New Food Pyramid" and nutrition are abstract ideas and thus present a special challenge to such students. Therefore, students and parents should be engaged in self-management of weight by creating logs, planners, and charts for monitoring weight and eating habits so as to link the abstract idea with a more concrete activity. Several guiding principles should be taken into account in planning experiences for nutritional education, fitness, or weight management. Instructional strategies that have been proven to be effective with academic learning should be used in the direct teaching of nutritional and wellness knowledge and skills. This article discusses effective strategies that include, but are not limited to, modeling, scaffolding, self-monitoring, and goal setting. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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