Hook and Loop Use In Special Education Classrooms
The reason hook and loop tape is so great is due to its versatility. A prime environment for Hook and Loop is in the classroom. Itís hard to walk into a classroom and not see several variations of hook and loop tape in use! More specifically, we know that Special Education teachers use it as their secret weapon for a great learning environment. Not only does it help keep the classroom tidy and safe but it also contributes to creating an inclusive learning environment for every student.
Maintain A Safe Environment
Safety should always be a priority in all classroom settings but its extra important when the students may not have an alert sense or full mobility. Our Hook and Loop tape can help maintain a safe environment by keeping objects in place. Some great examples are electronic wires that get tangled up if not kept neat, a rug that doesnít stay in place and slippery seat cushions. By ensuring wires are kept neat and out of the walkway you will be proactive in preventing a student from tripping. You will be able to consolidate wires and tuck them away from the walkway by applying some Hook and Loop tape. It can also keep slippery rugs and seat cushions in place to prevent any slips or falls.
Interactive activities are not only fun but they help Special Education students gain a further understanding of the lesson at hand as well as basic communication skills. Using our hook and loop tape on the back of student name tags and placing them on the corresponding desk is a great way to learn names and assign seats. Having multiple boards throughout the classroom with Hook and Loop tape pieces create great opportunities to learn a word of the day, the weather, or the day of the week while engaging the student.
Some Special Education students have trouble communicating audibly. Teachers can better understand their students if they give them the option to express themselves through several different pictures that they can place on a communication board. It also helps teach students how to comprehend language by making connections between pictures and desired objects. Hook and Loop tape is a great resource for mounting communication boards to the wall as well for placing the pictures on the board for a student to express themselves.