This activity has been revised and was originally created by Charlotte Cushman and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992). The second edition is available for purchase.
Many students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities learn primarily through rote memorization. As a result, they may be able to function in a set routine but often have difficulty using problem-solving techniques in new situations. This activity challenges students to verbally solve problems in everyday situations. Lessons include Concept Development, English Language Arts, and Independent Living Skills.
Ask students to respond to the following: “What would you do if…?”
Students can make their responses as detailed as seems appropriate. For one student, a single word answer may be enough. Another student might be able to go step-by-step through the solution: “First, I would….Then I would…”
There are an unlimited number of situations to present to the student. It is best to choose situations which are relevant to the student’s own range of experiences.
Hint: During the course of the day, encourage students to solve problems in daily situations. “Bill, I see that your hands are dirty. What do you think you should do about it?”