Special Ed Classrooms

Speech impediments, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity… when addressed early will be only a bump in the road toward success. Many rural schools in Lithuania have trained teachers to work with their special needs students but lack special education materials and equipment. Your donation can help purchase these crucial items.

Special Ed Classrooms

First Special Needs Classroom Goal Met, Now on to the Next One !

Your donations enabled the school in Mosėdis to purchase essential materials and equipment. Their multi-purpose special needs classroom became fully operational in September 2021.

With the help of our representatives in Lithuania we are now in the process of supporting Salantu Gimnazija’s Special Ed project. Here is an example of how the completed classroom in Mosedis is being used:

This multi-purpose, multi-zone, classroom would to be helping those students with Developmental Disorders work on overall development of various skills. Zones will be allocated for general education, small group work or education, Individual Instruction, and a sensory corner.

Utilizing all 4 of these zones allows the teachers to work with students of different levels in different capacities. They are able to individualize their instruction and best meet the needs of all of their students.

Currently there will be a Special Education teacher and a Teaching assistant assigned to this room.

· 18 students have been identified with Special Needs that range from moderate to severe developmental disorders. Developmental Disorders impair children’s physical, language, cognitive, and/or behavioral development. This can impact everyday functioning, and often affect the students for their entire lives.

· 46 students have a phonetic speech disorders, some of whom also have been diagnosed with Dyslexia. Dyslexia is a disorder that involves difficulty reading words, letters, causing issues with cognition and retention.

· From 1st to 8th grade there are 2 to 4 students in each grade that show signs of hyperactivity. Space will be allocated in the room to assist students with Hyperactivity and allow them to have an area to complete school work with supervision.

· Space will be allocated to directly instruct students with Speech Disorders.

· At certain times the classroom environment may be too over-stimulating for some students. The Sensory Zone, is an area for students to utilize if they need a short break if they become over stimulated. Over stimulated senses can differ between many students and some of these are brightness, sound, and/or too many people, etc. The Sensory zone is typically used for no longer than 3-5 minutes per students so that they aren’t spending the majority of their day in the sensory area, yet it is critical for them to be able to refocus on their task at hand.

· The General Education Zone will have a Special Education teacher working with a small group of students specifically targeting their special needs.

· The Small Group Work Zone or the Educational Zone will be an area for the students to work in a small group reinforcing skill sets usually with a Teacher’s Assistant.

· The Individual Work Zone has enough room for 2 students to be working individually at the same time. This is an area where a student can work on classwork at their own pace, without distractions, have access to special computer programs and have oversight by their certified special education teacher or teacher’s assistant.

Our three main project areas

Supporting education and better living conditions

Special Education Classrooms

Special Education Classrooms

Speech impediments, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity… when addressed early will be only a bump in the road toward success. Many rural schools in Lithuania have trained teachers to work with their special needs students but lack special education materials and equipment. Your donation can help purchase these crucial items.

Annual Goal: $70,000

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Rapid Response Program

Rapid Response Program

A donation to our Rapid Response Program provides assistance to a crisis that needs immediate financial support. These are short term fundraising projects that surface quickly and address a pressing need. Sunlight Children's Aid communicates the details of these projects through email, Facebook and our website.

Annual goal: as needed

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Donor Directed Support

Donor Directed Support

General donations made to Sunlight Children's Aid support many different initiatives, all for the benefit of children in Lithuania. For example, past donations have made these possible:

  • Our "Sponsor a Child" program
  • Financial aid to families fostering children with disabilities
  • Support for rural day care centers

Annual Goal: $40,000

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