SEN: “Everyone can participate in their own way”
By Trine Askjær-Jørgensen – Communication
A couple of weeks ago I visited Geelsgårdskolen in Virum, Denmark, where they had just bought a set of Hopspots. I did that because we at CxD were quite curious about how their first period of time with the interactive tool had been and not least to learn more about how they use Hopspots in this SEN.
Back in January when we participated in BETT-show, a huge international EdTech tradeshow in London, we were paid a visit by Line Torp from Geelsgårdskolen at our stand. Line had never seen Hopspots before, this was the very first time, but she immediately spotted that Hopspots was really some for the kids back home at “her” school. Line works in the therapeutic department at Geelsgårdskolen, and shortly after having returned home from the tradeshow, she contacted us as she really want to buy some Hopspots for the school, because as she said: “If we see something that our pupils can benefit from and find inspiration in then we just have to have it”.
When I arrived at Geelsgårdskolen, I was met by Line herself and a group of therapists, teachers etc., who were ready to tell me everything about their experiences with Hopspots now that they had had it for a couple of months. And, I got the chance to ask Line, what made her think that Hopspots was something for them.
She said: “The fact that you have the option of adjusting it to different target groups, because we are such a big school and have a huge target group. Thus, it is great that everyone can participate in each their way. Whether or not you need help to participate or you are physically and mentally capable of participating on your own. It is also a very attractive feature that Hopspots has both light, sound and color”.
Geelsgårdskolen really is big and handles a wide group of pupils with both physical, cognitive, communicative and social challenges. Which is why physio- and occupational therapy are an important part of the interdisciplinary collaboration between teachers, pedagogues and assistants.
Teaching, cognitive training and physiotherapy
The purpose of the physiotherapy training at the school is to improve the life quality of the children by maintaining and improving their ability to participate in activities and socialise. In practice, that is achieved by the training being an integral part of the teaching in the classrooms. The training is carried out through play and fun activities in the classrooms, which are to motivate the children and give them a feeling that the training is meaningful and fun – as Hopspots also focuses on. With Hopspots everyone can participate, no matter their level, AND the children are motivated via the games to do both physical and cognitive training as well as collaborate and be together.
What is Geelsgårdskolen?
The Capital Region of Denmarks’ special school (SEN) for children with different kinds of disabilities – of both physical, mental and sensory nature.
Run by The Social Enterprise, a company in the Capital Region of Denmark.
Schooling for preschoolers to lower secondary education, but also activities for adolescences and adults, living and respite care as well as training with the purpose of maintaining skills.