Grenada

Lead Special Needs Skills Training

Work with children with special needs and facilitate special needs skills trainings for teachers and/or parents on the island of Grenada. These trainings will help parents and teachers better communicate and interact with their child by using techniques such as PECS. 

Information

Work with children with special needs and facilitate special needs skills trainings for teachers and/or parents on the island of Grenada.

Overview

Location: Grenada

Duration: One week (Saturday-Friday)
Travel is on hold due to current CDC recommendations. Any updates will be posted here and sent to volunteer applicants. 

  • June 20-26 
  • September 19-25 
  • October 24-30 

Volunteers needed: 1-2 volunteers/trip 

 

Your time in Grenada

Anticipated activities for each team


Tentative schedule
  • Saturday: Arrive, get settled in, and prepare for the coming week
  • Sunday: Worship and fellowship
  • Monday - Friday (possible activities) 
    • Visit one of the special ed schools and work with students who have autism 
    • Lead a workshop for teachers on the island that provides skills training in topics of your choice related to serving students with special needs
    • Present skills training topics to a parent support group that will provide team resources and tools for parenting their child with special needs
    • Visit schools, observe teachers, and provide feedback
    • Visit special ed school and work with the physical education class 
  • Friday: Departure 

 

Potential topics to cover 

  • HANDLE (Holistic Approach to Neurodevelopment and Learning Efficiency) as an approach to support and enhance the functioning of children with special needs
  • Supporting children with sensory processing differences
  • Understanding Dyslexia
  • Disciplining children with special needs—positive behavior interventions
  • Is your child being bullied at school?
  • Accommodations in the classroom
  • Fair Play and participation in sports. (Paralympics)
  • Employment of youth with disabilities—transitioning from the school system
  • Understanding ADHD
  • Developing a sensory-friendly school
  • Advocacy: working for change
  • Transitioning to adulthood—what parents need to know about sexuality
  • Youth with disability and the justice system
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Barton Reading & Spelling System

 

Preferred Skills/characteristics

  • Personable and comfortable speaking in front of a group
  • Trauma informed
  • Experience working in cross-cultural settings
  • Training in either speech-language pathology/special education/specialized communication with experience working with children with special needs.

Volunteer fee

$1,585 – Includes airfare, housing, local transportation, and food

 

Additional details

Preparation
We facilitate orientation to help you prepare for your time volunteering. 

Immunizations
All routine vaccinations should be up to date. Check the CDC website for information on recommended vaccines.

 

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Our Work in Grenada

The Cognitive Delay Assessment and Support program provides accommodations and alternative strategies to help children with cognitive, emotional, and developmental delays. The island of Grenada has limited special needs resources, so local volunteers are filling this void through tools like HANDLE by working at three special education schools with students, teachers, and parent groups. Special needs are broad, so HANDLE is used to ensure that individuals in the program are met with care and understanding. This creates a welcoming environment for individuals to live and worship without stigma or discrimination.

Parent support group meetings are also offered every month to develop relationships with the families being served and open up opportunities to share the gospel. 

 

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