Tell Me About the Students I Might Support - Life.Church Leaders

Tell Me About the Students I Might Support

You’ve signed up to serve as a Switch Support leader. You’re ready to work with students who need extra support so they can feel included and safe at Switch. You may help students who display some challenging behaviors. We know all behavior is communication, so what are the students you’re working with trying to communicate to you? Read on to give yourself a basic understanding to help you build empathy for the types of challenges facing some of the students you’ll support.

Before you read on, though, take note of this. A student may have an identified difference or disability, but that does not always mean they need additional support. Switch Support is for any student who is dysregulated and demonstrating their emotional, cognitive, or sensory systems are overloaded for any reason. For example: A student with Down Syndrome may be able to participate in Switch without any additional support. Or, a student without any known disability might be dealing with a new foster placement. That student may require extra assistance to be able to stay comfortable at Switch. This list will give you some examples of a few of the special needs students who use Switch Support display.

A student has an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

A student has a vision impairment.

A student has a hearing impairment.

A student has a physical disability.

A student has a significant Attention Deficit Disorder and/or Hyperactivity Disorder.

A student has Sensory Integration Disorder or a Sensory Processing Disorder.

A student has a seizure disorder.

A student has Down Syndrome.

A student has a history of neglect or abuse.

The bottom line? You’ll get to know the students you work with and what they respond to best. You’re becoming the support a student needs in order for them to feel included and safe enough to let down their guard and join their peers as they follow Christ together.