Case Study : Pulled At The Edge, Sara Is A 13 Year Old Girl With Cerebral Palsy
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In the case study, Pulled at the Edge, Sara is a 13-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. Within the range of intellectual disability, she is described to be functionally intellectual, and seems to be able to establish emotional and empathic relationships with friends and family. However, and as described by the teachers, Sara has been exhibiting some challenging behaviors at school.
Sara lives in a small foster care facility for children with intellectual disabilities. Even though her family did not like the idea of Sara being separated from her family, they didn’t have another option, due to financial issues and the county agency policy. At home, as described by the family, although Sara loved to spend time with her family, she also exhibited challenging behaviors such as tantrums, breaking toys and furniture, and injuring herself. Sara visits her family only on weekends.
Sara’s classroom consists of students from 12 to 15 years old, a special education teacher, Ms. Stevens, and a teacher assistant, Mr. Edwards. Ms. Stevens is a fifth-year special education teacher who decided to incorporate community activities to the school’s original curriculum. She is described as a professional who usually likes to do all planning at the last moment. On the other hand, the school’s principal, and Mr. Edward, teacher aid, do not agree with Ms. Stevens to bring students to the community. They would rather keep the students in the classroom, as they see community activities as a