A student microboard (also known by other names like "LAUGH group") is a "support group" or "activity club" for a student with special needs. Meeting on a regular basis, peers join the student to plan activities and projects together.
Students accept the roles and responsibilities of chairman/president, vice chair/vice president, secretary/recorder, and any other positions the group decides to create (photographer, newsletter creator, activity researcher, etc.). Adults are present to provide information and guidance as needed.
Activities are determined by the group according to the student's needs and the group's desires. They are limited only by schedules, funding, and imagination. Currently, most groups meet two times per month for lunch or after school on an activity bus day. They may also attend extra-curricular activities together. Occasionally, groups may elect to plan outside-of-school activities if they coordinate these with all parents and have supervision from the special needs student's parents.
In the past, groups have planned and implemented social activities like board games, indoor and outdoor games, school dances, and bonfires. They have also supported involvement in extra-curricular sports, developed a PowerPoint about microboards and presented it to incoming students, created this website (now teacher-moderated), and they have begun creating video modeling videos to teach social skills. Some groups have discussed academic supports and behavior supports (for example, hallway buddies).