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Boston College Campus School Newsletter ~ Spring 2009 Spring, 2009 International Scholar, Dr. Jan van Dijk speaks at BC Campus School It was an honor for Boston College and Campus School to host Dr. Jan van Dijk, an esteemed scholar/ researcher, who has developed strategies for assessment that consider the processes by which children learn, referred to as Child-Guided Assessment. The process includes: the ability to maintain and modulate state, preferred learning channels, ability to learn, memory and anticipation of routines, ability to accommodate new experiences with existing schemes, approach taken to solve problems, ability to form social attachments and interact with others, and communication modes. The van Dijk approach emphasizes that all children can learn, but it is the responsibility of educators and parents to discover how they learn best. Dr. van Dijk was invited to Boston College by Dr. Susan Bruce, faculty coordinator of the Graduate Studies Program (l to r) Laura Hines, Assistant Director of Campus School, Dr. in Severe Special Needs and Deafblind Education, as Susan Bruce, Dr. Jan van Dijk and Dr. Don Ricciato, Director well as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired at Campus School. On March 26th, Dr. van Dijk presented on “The Role of the Limbic System in Children with Sensory Impairment.” He emphasized that knowledge of the subject and memory of experiences play an important role in efficient processing of information. Dr. van Dijk also emphasized the impact this would have on children with sensory impairments. He discussed the role of emotions in children and how sensory input is strongly linked to emotion which plays an important role in attachment behavior. On March 27th, Dr. van Dijk performed an arena assessment on two Campus School students during which Campus School staff could observe Dr. van Dijk and Campus School stu- his techniques. dent, Abby with her mom. All who attended his presentations were the beneficiaries of Dr. van Dijk’s insights and experiences, and will subsequently be able to enrich their own instructional practices. Interns Become Part of Campus School Life Therapy at Boston University, Sargent College. Dymtro is completing his masters program at Tufts University. He is a Fulbright Scholar student from Ukraine and is studying Child Development. Amber graduated from Louisiana Tech University and is a (Above) KerryAnn Coburn, Meaghan Boyce and first year graduate student Dymtro Say interned at the Campus School. at the Boston College School of Social Work. This past term, four interns assisted at the These interns brought Campus School. Kerryann Coburn, great enthusiasm and Meaghan Boyce, Dymtro Say and Amber Intern Amber Chesser and her commitment to Campus seeing eye dog, Boots. Chesser. Kerryann is from Dundalk, School. Both students and Ireland and she visited the Boston area this staff were enriched by the fall through the Irish Immigration Center. contributions of these Meaghan graduated from the University of exceptional interns. Virginia in 2006 and is earning her Masters of Science Degree in Occupational Fun for All on the Charles River Sixteen Campus School students had the opportunity to go canoeing on the Charles River with AccesSports America. This non-profit organization’s mission is to inspire higher function and fitness for children and adults with disabilities through high-challenge sports. Everyone met at the canoe launch, put on the life jackets and boarded the outrigger canoes. Two canoes are connected together with beams that make the canoes very stable. There were multiple seating options which accommodated all Campus School staff and students rowing on the Charles. of our students. Once the ride was underway, the fun began. It was a sensory extravaganza from the splashing water and warm summer breezes to the rattle of the train from the bridge overhead. Each student was paired with a staff member who helped them paddle by holding, pushing, or pulling the oars as they glided across the water. There was plenty of time for socializing and making new friends. All of the students were excited and happy, and the staff all agreed it was the best field trip ever. We look forward to canoeing again this summer. Page 2 Boston College Campus School Newsletter ~ Spring 2009 www.bc.edu/campusschool Lending a Helping Hand The Campus School Volunteers of Boston College (CSVBC) is a group of over 300 Boston College students who work to benefit Campus School students. Some work directly with students in the classroom, while others raise awareness of the Campus School, or fundraise to benefit our program. There are more than 10 committees within the CSVBC affording anyone who is interested an opportunity to get involved. One of theses committees is the Buddy Program which pairs a BC student with a Campus School student. Each week they share an hour together working on a project, sharing a book or getting to know each other by just “hanging” out. Another committee is the Boston Marathon committee which has over 100 BC runners who raise funds for our program. In April, during the Boston Marathon, Campus School students and staff gather at “Heart Break Hill” to cheer on the dedicated runners who have trained for months to complete the 26.2 miles. The Special Events committee shares its artistic talent and specializes in setting up interactive activity tables for student participation. They also assist teachers and students in decorating and planning parties and socials, such as the Spring semi-formal dance for the Campus School high school students. These are only a few of the notable ways BC students have fun and get to know the students and staff at the Campus School. Many of the CSVBC members agree that “their volunteer work at the Campus School is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences at Boston College.” The backbone of the Campus School….. our Nursing Department Campus School nurses, Janet, Joan and Cheryl and The Campus School Nurses are an integral part of the Campus School student, Kristiana. Campus School. We employ three full time nurses, a consulting nurse practitioner, a consulting nutritionist, and a consulting pediatrician, who all ensure optimum healthcare for our students. The Campus School Nurses provide healthcare support that enables our students to fully participate in all aspects of their educational programs. The nurses play a key role in communicating student medical updates and information. Routine healthcare interventions are provided across environments within the school to maximize student participation in all aspects of the program. Along with direct care to students, the Campus School nurses conduct professional development for staff in all areas of medical support. The Campus School nurses are an essential component of our transdisciplinary team. Combined, they have more than 50 years of experience providing healthcare for children with complex medical needs. Page 3 Boston College Campus School Newsletter ~ Spring 2009 Lynch School of Education 140 Commonwealth Ave. Primary Business Address Campion Hall 197 Your Address Line 2 Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 Your Address Line 3 www.bc.edu/campusschool Your Address Line 4 Phone: 617-552-3460 Fax: 617-552-6465 E-mail inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org To receive this newsletter by email or to be removed from our mailing list, please send your request to The Campus School at email@example.com. What is happening around Campus School….. Realizing the potential in all students! Barry works with Teacher Assistant, sensory box items. Claire Donahue, and He explores by Boston College student, Michael, touching, tasting, orchestra performed sing-a-long with the smelling and for Campus School “Lynch Pins.” seeing. students. Jesse tries out the viola. Campus School In the classroom, volunteers sharing a Jimmy assists with good book with preparation for the Caroline. pasta bake.