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R is for Raw: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

Photo credit: National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS)

Doctor  Dennis McGuire, PhD,  Director of Psychosocial services at the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois wrote an essay that is now famous in our community.

In “If People With Down Syndrome Ruled the World,” Dr. McGuire talks about The Center, and then describes a fictitious world where the imagination and creativity he’s found in his patients became the norm rather than the exception.

In a section titled “What About Self-Expression?” he lists some of his clients’ favorite television habits:

  • Classic TV hits would be very BIG and take up at least half the TV schedules.
  • “I Love Lucy,” “Happy Days,” “The Three Stooges,” etc. would be very BIG.
  • Wrestling would be very Big.
  • “Life Goes On” would also be very Big and replayed regularly

Let's Get Ready to RumbleOur personal experience concurs with those observations and led to the creation of one of our first courses for self-advocates: “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble,” and eight week course about everything WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), including Monday Night Raw.

WWE Monday Night Raw
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Q is for Quarterflash: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

Rock of Ages on The Road Scholars for The A to Z Blogging ChallengeIn our course “For The Love of Musicals,” we learn that “Rock of Ages” is an example of a jukebox musical – one that features music of a particular time period or artist.

One of the activities we offer is a chance to match the song from “Rock of Ages” to the original artist who made the song famous.  In  the film version of “Rock of Ages” – Harden My Heart is sung by Sherrie Christian played by Julianne Hough.  The song was originally recorded by American rock group Quarterflash.  This is one of 25 songs in the course activity.

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P is for Pumpkin: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

Pumpkin on The Road Scholars for The A to Z Blogging Challenge

In the final week of our Cooking and Nutrition (Fall Flavors) course we watch videos about how pumpkins grow and cook pumpkin bars with Sarah’s Great Day.

Do you know how to tell the difference between a fruit and a vegetable?

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O is for Oliver!: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

Oliver! on The Road Scholars for The A to Z Blogging Challenge

In the final week of our “For the Love of Musicals” course we look at musicals that have won the Oscar for Best Picture.

Did you know that there are only 10 out of 88 years that the Academy Awards have been around?

At the 41st Academy Awards for 1968, Oliver! was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won six, including Best Picture and Best Director.

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N is for Nutrition Labels: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

Dr Smarty Nutrition Labels on The Road Scholars for The A to Z Blogging Challenge

With the help of Dr. Smarty and Fooducate we talk about the importance of reading nutrition labels in the Cooking and Nutrition course.

The exercises on this topic are designed to appeal to people on different levels of education. The Dr. Smarty video is on the lower level while the Fooducate worksheet is more difficult.

Fooducate on The Road Scholars for the A to Z Blogging Challenge

 

 

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M is for Measuring: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

Measuring: "The Road" Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

We use different skills and tools to cook. It’s important to understand what tools we need to measure the amounts of foods we use in a recipe.

In the Cooking and Nutrition course we look at different measuring tools and the math involved with  measuring ingredients and nutrition information on processed foods.

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L is for (Dance) Lessons: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

For The Love Of Musicals on The Road Scholars

In week 5 of our “For the Love of Musicals” course we look at four musicals that won Tony Awards.

One of those that we look at is “A Chorus Line.” We add a bit of exercise and fun to the unit by offering three YouTube videos that teach students dance moves. The chosen videos cater to beginners, advanced, and expert dancers.

Dance lessons on The Road Scholars for The A to Z Blogging Challenge

 

 

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K is for Kitchen Tools: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

Kitchen actions on The Road Scholars for A to Z Blogging Challenge

Many adults with Down syndrome participated in some kind of “life skills” training during their school careers.  In the Cooking and Nutrition course, we reinforce some of the knowledge gained in those courses.

In week 6 we have a matching quiz that tests student’s knowledge of kitchen action words. The quizzes in our courses are set up to reinforce positive answers, allowing them to keep trying until they get the correct answer.

We also look at abbreviations commonly used in the kitchen.

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J is for Jimmy Hart: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

Jimmy Hart on The Road Scholars for The A to Z Blogging Challenge

The “Mouth of the South” – Jimmy Hart is one of the people we talk about in week 8 of the “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” course when we look at “Managers, Valets, and Tag Teams.”

Hart was known as a manager of champions, including Hulk Hogan and The Heart Foundation.

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I is for Impalla: “The Road” Scholars April A to Z Blogging Challenge

impalla on The Lion King on The Road Scholars for The A to Z Blogging Challenge

When we look at “The Lion King” in week four of our “For The Love of Musicals” course, one of the activities challenges students to identify some of the animals featured in the epic Disney film.

Lion King activity on The Road Scholars for The A to Z Blogging Challenge This is one of the ways we combine learning and fun in our courses for self-advocates!

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