Recommendations for Educators
Teaching a student with JdVS is truly a once in a lifetime experience. A good team of specialists and educators will be essential when moving forward with academic goals for the student. In the classroom is important to remember that you will see a full range of emotions from a student with JdVS. They often need well-defined boundaries with a positive reward/token economy system to help them learn to regulate and manage their emotions. Providing academic activities with a social component can help students with JdVS become more engaged, as many students with JdVS are incredibly social.
As an educator of a student with JdVS it is important to have frequent communication with the child’s support team (parents/other providers) to continue to monitor progress and create/update goals and objectives both inside and outside of the classroom setting.
Remember each child with JdVS is unique and will require different supports within the classroom. Educational and Neuropsychological testing is often necessary to help understand how a child learns best and to inform educators and others how to create the optimal learning environment.