Complex Global Disability is the term that the connections model uses to identify disabilities that impact multiple areas of the brain, and thus various areas of functioning. Students with complex global disabilities tend to have challenges not only academically but socially and emotionally as well. The connections model is a new approach to addressing these challenges holistically.
We know you most likely haven’t heard this term before. We started using this many years ago when we felt we needed “something” to explain what we were seeing in the kids we were working with. We had kids with disabilities ranging from Autism(Asperger’s), ADHD, Emotional Disability, and PDD-NOS. Some of our most challenging kids didn’t have defined disabilities at all. We used CGD to describe the areas that overlapped among the disabilities. It was amazing to us that the areas of need within the disabilities overlapped in such similar ways. It was almost as if this overlap was a disability in itself and thus, the idea of a Complex Global Disability was born.
You might be thinking why change terms? After all, people know these diagnoses and understand them. It’s true people know the terms and we aren’t looking to change “diagnoses” or reporting categories. Our goal in using a new term was to highlight this new area of need in our students so that we could better design both curriculum and technology tools to help them.
It is exciting that the research is beginning to show what we have been observing.
Now we focus on Emotional Regulation when we speak about the overlap in the disabilities. However, we still use the term CGD and thought you should know how we’ve developed and changed with the research
Feelings and Strategies
Rewards (optional turn on/off)
Audio Controls (optional turn on/off)
You also have the ability to add a reward for completing the route. This may be useful for students who are used to rewards for completing tasks. The reward option can be turned on or off in the student settings section for each particular student.
SUPPORT FOR TEACHERS
1. You can wait and approach the student after a few minutes to see if he or she is ready and willing now to finish the route.
2. You can assist the student by typing or offering supportive questions that will help them complete the route.
3. You can close out of the KidConnect app by pressing your button on the iPad to close out of an app and then double click that iPad button so you can sweep close the app.
By sweep closing the app you are essentially closing out the app entirely and will be asked for your pin when you restart KidConnect. Any data that you had collected from the incident prior to sweep closing for that student will be lost.