The Issue: Literacy Among Children with Special Needs
For children with special needs, such as autism or intellectual disabilities, literacy extends beyond traditional reading and writing. According to a report by the National Institutes of Health, many kids with autism have difficulty with verbal communication and use other methods to communicate. They often express themselves through body language. An experiential literacy library allows children with special needs to learn through mulitple senses, making literacy accessible to children who possess a range of learning styles and abilities.
The Campaign: Building a Literacy Library
If 50 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Sammy’s House can provide 10 literacy sets for children with special needs as part of its efforts to build an experiential literacy library. Each additional $50 raised will be used to purchase another literacy kit that uses a hands-on approach to literacy. Sammy’s House hopes to incorporate work in the literacy library into the daily schedule and curriculum of the children who participate in its day programs.
Originally a home-based childcare center for medically fragile infants and toddlers, Sammy’s House expanded to become a more comprehensive, centrally located center after realizing the need for this type of care in central Texas. Today, the foundation of the operations consists of a child-development program, a respite-care program, and a therapeutic-equipment loaning program. Each day, groups of families and professionals work together to design and lead day programs that combine therapy, education, and care for children with special needs, along with afterschool and weekend programs for the children and their siblings. Day programs maintain low child-to-staff ratios, ensuring that each child receives special care and attention while following a play-based curriculum.
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