One Class At A Time Winner

One Class At A Time Winner

By WEEK Producer
By Denise Jackson

February 23, 2011 Updated Feb 23, 2011 at 10:03 PM CDT

Many people take simple things, like talking, for granted.
One teacher is helping break down some of the barriers that prevent special needs children from communicating at school.

Whitney de Haseth is this week's "One Class at a Time Winner".

Talking, laughing and making noise is welcome inside this pre-school classroom at Schramm Educational Center in Pekin. Communicating for many of these children, with autism, or multiple disabilities is a challenge.

"When the student has lack of communication it can lead to frustration of behavior. Providing the student with the opportunity to communicate their wants and needs to adults and peers and help decrease some of that frustration," said school speech pathologist Whitney de Haseth.

De Haseth and her staff uses several speech generated devices to help the youngsters communicate.

And now thanks to CEFCU and HOI's one class at a time grant De Haseth will be able to buy more communication devices.

"She has found numerous ways to incorporate communication throughout every aspect of our childrens' lives whether it's in our classroom or one on one," said Schramm Educational Center Preschool Teacher Shelby Noonan.

The staff and students are thankful for the money and the opportunities it means for the children.