Presentation Title

Whole Body Learning in The Classroom

Brief Biography

The Cloverleaf School is a private, non-profit school in Atlanta that specializes in educating children grades K-6th with ADHD, autism, and other learning differences to equip them with the skills needed to navigate the world with confidence. Whole body learning is emphasized in small classes with a comprehensive, student-centered curriculum implemented by teachers skilled in multisensory and differentiated instruction. At Cloverleaf, students embody the four pillars of our foundation by being capable, connected, considerate, and creative.

Katherine McGee co-founded The Cloverleaf School in 2012 and is now the Director of Admissions and Counseling. In addition to teaching phonics and social skills to children with neurological differences, she also has a teenager with special needs. This provides Katherine with a unique perspective that she uses to work with parents, as well.

Emily Swindall, a founding teacher and Educational Director of The Cloverleaf School, earned a M.Ed. in special education in 2010. Prior to teaching full time, she was a social skills therapist, a preschool facilitator, and a community access coach for children with special needs. Now outside the classroom, Emily focuses on building comprehensive academic and social skills curriculum, creating assessments, and coaching Cloverleaf teachers.

Highest Degree of Presenter(s)

Katherine McGee, Bachelor of Science

Emily Swindall, Master of Education

Presentation Abstract

All students, but especially students with special needs, benefit from various modifications and accommodations in the classroom and thrive in a classroom environment that delivers “whole body learning.” This presentation will illustrate whole body learning in the classroom and offer examples of not only how to best support students to reach their learning potential, but also to encourage positive behaviors, social skills, and coping strategies.

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Whole Body Learning in The Classroom

All students, but especially students with special needs, benefit from various modifications and accommodations in the classroom and thrive in a classroom environment that delivers “whole body learning.” This presentation will illustrate whole body learning in the classroom and offer examples of not only how to best support students to reach their learning potential, but also to encourage positive behaviors, social skills, and coping strategies.