The goal of the Royal Rangers program is to provide all boys with the opportunity to grow into full Christ like manhood. This goal applies to boys with special needs as well as all other boys. However, it some instances, boys with physical or developmental disabilities may require additional assistance in order to achieve periodic accomplishments. Royal Ranger leaders must therefore be prepared to provide additional assistance as needed. Parents likewise must realize the need in many cases to be directly involved in assisting their son to achieve success in the program.
It is important that leaders and parents working with special needs boys always keep in mind that the core objective of the Royal Rangers program is to provide boys with a fun, interactive program where he will be mentored into Christ like manhood. The completion of advancement requirements supplements and supports that objective, but does not represent the core objective itself. Care must always be taken to avoid placing unrealistic expectations on special needs boys through the pursuit of advancement awards.
Royal Ranger leaders are encouraged to provide special assistance as needed to assist boys with special needs in meeting the stated advancement requirements. The following material provides ideas concerning specific ways in which leaders may assist boys with special needs.
There are different levels of disabilities and the best methods for assisting boys with these needs may vary from boy to boys. Here are some suggestions for helping the boy with auditory disabilities:
A boy with a visual disability can be integrated into every phase of your outpost. With a basic understanding of his history and current abilities, you will be able to make adaptations necessary to involve him. Visit with the boy's parents to learn more about the conditions of his disabilities and ideas for ways to help him. Here are suggestions for helping boys with visual disabilities:
The boy with fine or gross motor-skill disabilities does not usually have difficulty learning new skills, but he may have difficulty performing skills he already knows. A boy in a wheelchair or with a walker can achieve good mobility in some circumstances. Consider these questions:
Cognitive delays and developmental disabilities require more individualized and specialized solutions. When assessing those with these conditions consider mental ability, adaptive social behavior, and physical development. Here are some suggestions for helping a boy with cognitive delays or developmental disabilities:
The boy with intellectual giftedness can feel unchallenged by what is being taught in Royal Rangers because he is able to grasp the information more quickly than most. Here are some suggestions for helping such a boy:
Leaders can often struggle with children who push their limits of patience, tolerance, and endurance. You may have boys in your group with learning disabilities or behavior disorders and not be aware of it. Learning disabilities often result because of a perceptual problem. At times, what has been diagnosed as a learning disability is actually a different problem, such as a hearing or visual disability. Here are some tips for creating an atmosphere of learning for boys with learning disabilities and behavior disorders:
Effective leaders see the value in all boys and are willing to do what it takes to help every boy succeed. Many teachers say that the most practical experience they gained to becoming a successful teacher was gained through learning how to make the learning process more accessible to boys with disabilities. Any work or effort expended while working with boys with special needs will also transfer into better instruction and help for every boy in the group.