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Identifying students or learners with special needs[ edit ] A six-year-old boy with Down syndrome is ready for his first day of school. Some children are easily identified as candidates for special needs due to their medical history. For example, they may have been diagnosed with a genetic condition that is associated with intellectual disability , may have various forms of brain damage , may have a developmental disorder , may have visual or hearing disabilities, or other disabilities.
On the other hand, for students with less obvious disabilities, such as those who have learning difficulties, two primary methods have been used for identifying them: the discrepancy model and the response to intervention model.
The discrepancy model depends on the teacher noticing that the students' achievements are noticeably below what is expected.
At which the teacher may make the decision for the student to receive support from a special education specialist. Before doing so, the teacher must show documentation of low academic achievement. The response to intervention model advocates earlier intervention. In the discrepancy model, a student receives special education services for a specific learning difficulty SLD if the student has at least normal intelligence and the student's academic achievement is below what is expected of a student with his or her IQ.
Although the discrepancy model has dominated the school system for many years, there has been substantial criticism of this approach e. One reason for criticism is that diagnosing SLDs on the basis of the discrepancy between achievement and IQ does not predict the effectiveness of treatment.
Low academic achievers who also have low IQ appear to benefit from treatment just as much as low academic achievers who have normal or high intelligence. The alternative approach, response to intervention , identifies children who are having difficulties in school in their first or second year after starting school. They then receive additional assistance such as participating in a reading remediation program.
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The response of the children to this intervention then determines whether they are designated as having a learning disability. Those few who still have trouble may then receive designation and further assistance. Sternberg has argued that early remediation can greatly reduce the number of children meeting diagnostic criteria for learning disabilities. He has also suggested that the focus on learning disabilities and the provision of accommodations in school fails to acknowledge that people have a range of strengths and weaknesses and places undue emphasis on academics by insisting that students should be supported in this arena and not in music or sports.
Individual needs[ edit ] A special education program should be customized to address each individual student's unique needs.
Special educators provide a continuum of services, in which students with various disabilities receive multiple degrees of support based on their individual needs.
It is crucial for special education programs to be individualized so that they address the unique combination of needs in a given student.
It is a legally binding document. The school must provide everything it promises in the IEP. In the United States, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act IDEA is a federal law that requires that every school system in the nation must provide a free and appropriate public education for every child, ages 3 to 22, regardless of how or how seriously that child may be disabled.
Placement, resources, and goals are determined on the basis of the student's needs. Accommodations and Modifications to the regular program may include changes in the curriculum, supplementary aides or equipment, and the provision of specialized physical adaptations that allow students to participate in the educational environment as much as possible. For example, if the assessment determines that the student cannot write by hand because of a physical disability, then the school might provide a computer for typing assignments, or allow the student to answer questions verbally instead.
If the school determines that the student is severely distracted by the normal activities in a large, busy classroom, then the student might be placed in a smaller classroom such as a resource room. Parents of students with a learning disability must be aware of what type of disability their child has, so they can get access to accommodations such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and adaptive physical education.
For example, if a student takes an academic test and it indicates that the student struggles with reading comprehension, parents can request speech and language support or classroom accommodations, such as extra time to complete reading and writing tasks.
These approaches can be broadly grouped into four categories, according to how much contact the student with special needs has with non-disabled students using North American terminology : Inclusion : In this approach, students with special needs spend all, or most of the school day with students who do not have special needs.
Due to the fact that inclusion can require substantial modification of the general curriculum, most schools use it only for selected students with mild to moderate special needs, which is accepted as a best practice. Students may occasionally leave the regular classroom to attend smaller, more intensive instructional sessions in a resource room , or to receive other related services that might require specialised equipment or might be disruptive to the rest of the class, such as speech and language therapy , occupational therapy , physical therapy , rehabilitation counseling.
They might also leave the regular classroom for services that require privacy, such as counseling sessions with a social worker. Students with special needs are segregated in separate classes exclusively for students with special needs for the rest of the school day.
Segregated students may attend the same school where regular classes are provided, but spend all instructional time exclusively in a separate classroom for students with various disabilities. If their special class is located in an ordinary school, they may be provided opportunities for social integration outside the classroom, such as by eating meals with non-disabled students.
In the past, most students with special needs have been excluded from school.
These students may receive one-on-one instruction or group instruction. Students who have been suspended or expelled are not considered excluded in this sense. A General Education teacher and a Special Education teacher work as partners in instruction. Research-Based Methods- There has been a lot of research done about students with disabilities and the best way to teach them.
Testing, IQs, interviews, the discrepancy model, etc. Once that is determined, the next step is the best way for the child to learn. There are plenty of different programs such as the Wilson Reading Program and Direct Instruction Guided by student performance- While the IEP goals may be assessed every few months to a year, constant informal assessments must take place.
These assessments will guide instruction for the teacher. The teacher will be able to determine if the material is too difficult or too easy. Special schools may be specifically designed, staffed and resourced to provide appropriate special education for children with additional needs. Students attending special schools generally do not attend any classes in mainstream schools.
Special schools provide individualized education, addressing specific needs. Student to teacher ratios are kept low, often or lower depending upon the needs of the children. Special schools will also have other facilities for children with special needs, such as soft play areas, sensory rooms, or swimming pools , which are necessary for treating students with certain conditions. In recent times, places available in special schools are declining as more children with special needs are educated in mainstream schools.
However, there will always be some children, whose learning needs cannot be appropriately met in a regular classroom setting and will require specialized education and resources to provide the level of support they require.
An example of a disability that may require a student to attend a special school is intellectual disability. However, this practice is often frowned upon by school districts in the US in the light of Least Restrictive Environment as mandated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. These classrooms are typically staffed by specially trained teachers, who provide specific, individualized instruction to individuals and small groups of students with special needs.
Self-contained classrooms, because they are located in a general education school, may have students who remain in the self-contained classroom full-time, or students who are included in certain general education classes. In the United States a part-time alternative that is appropriate for some students is sometimes called a resource room. History of special schools[ edit ] One of the first special schools in the world was the Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles in Paris, which was founded in It was the first school in the world to teach blind students.
K, for the Deaf was established   in Edinburgh by Thomas Braidwood , with education for visually impaired people beginning in the Edinburgh and Bristol in Education is controlled by the 26 cantons, and so special education programs vary from place to place. In England and Wales the acronym SEN for Special Educational Needs denotes the condition of having special educational needs, the services which provide the support and the programmes and staff which implement the education.
SENCO refers to a special educational needs coordinator, who usually works with schools and the children within schools who have special educational needs. The Special Educational Needs Parent Partnership Services help parents with the planning and delivery of their child's educational provision.
The Department for Education oversees special education in England. Most students have an individual educational plan, but students may have a group plan in addition to, or instead of, an individual plan. Group plans are used when a group of students all have similar goals.
In Scotland the Additional Support Needs Act places an obligation on education authorities to meet the needs of all students in consultation with other agencies and parents. At a young age students who have special needs in Turkey are provided special education from The Ministry of Education , who are responsible in giving them the education that they need.
All special-needs students receive an Individualized Education Program BEP that outlines how the school will meet the student's individual needs. Government-run schools provide special education in varying degrees from the least restrictive settings, such as full inclusion, to the most restrictive settings, such as segregation in a special school.
The education offered by the school must be appropriate to the student's individual needs. Schools are not required to maximize the student's potential or to provide the best possible services. Unlike most of the developed world, American schools are also required to provide many medical services, such as speech therapy , if the student needs these services.
According to the Department of Education, approximately 10 percent of all school-aged children currently receive some type of special education services. As with most countries in the world, students who are poor, ethnic minorities, or do not speak the dominant language fluently are disproportionately identified as needing special education services. Poor, refugies are more likely to have limited resources and to employ inexperienced teachers that do not cope well with student behavior problems, "thereby increasing the number of students they referred to special education.
Before , little action was taken to educate children with disabilities in Columbia. Children would be left home without much interaction with the outside world. In , special education was researched across the country and education programs were created.
After , people with disabilities were given access to public school classes. While there has been improvement over recent years, there is still slow development for special education programs and special education policy. The history of special education in Colombia can be categorized into three time periods: The period of planning ran from the years to the year The Ministry of Colombia in implemented a national plan for the development of special education called "Plan Nacional para el Desarrollo de la Education Especial".
The purposes of the plan was to create a national diagnosis of special education and to initiate programs for individuals with disabilities. In , the Ministry of education put the first law into action to introduce special classes in public schools that include students with disabilities, called Law The most recent development of special education in Colombia was Article 11 of Law , which was passed in The law states that "the Ministry of Education will define the policy and regulate the scheme of education for persons with special educational needs, promoting educational access and quality under a system based on inclusion in the educational services".
Education in Canada is the responsibility of the individual provinces and territories. However, inclusion is the dominant model. For major exams, Canadian schools commonly use accommodations, such as specially printed examinations for students with visual impairments, when assessing the achievements of students with special needs. All special-needs students receive an Individualized Education Program IEP that outlines how the school will meet the student's individual needs.
According to the Department of Education, approximately 6 million children roughly 10 percent of all school-aged children currently receive some type of special education services.
During the s, in some part due to the civil rights movement , some researchers began to study the disparity of education amongst people with disabilities. Board of Education decision, which declared unconstitutional the " separate but equal " arrangements in public schools for students of different races, paved the way for PARC v.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Mills vs. Board of Education of District of Columbia , which challenged the segregation of students with special needs. Courts ruled that unnecessary and inappropriate segregation of students with disabilities was unconstitutional. This law required schools to provide services to students previously denied access to an appropriate education.
In US government-run schools, the dominant model is inclusion. In the United States, three out of five students with academic learning challenges spend the overwhelming majority of their time in the regular classroom.
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These conditions involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences.
Autism is known as a disability that impairs the social interactions and communication skills of a person. People who are autistic tend to think and act differently than others.
For students with autism, there are apps called "visual scene displays" that are most helpful for children who are having difficulty with verbal skills, according to Jules Csillag, a speech-language pathologist who focuses on special ed tech. Apps such as SceneSpeak and Speech with Milo help autistic children develop storytelling skills with text-to-speech voice and interactive storybooks. Using apps like these in a classroom can improve autistic student's verbal skills.
There are several controversies surrounding the diagnoses and causes of autism. It's now believed that there's no single cause of autism. Research seems to suggest that autism is normally the result of both genetic and environmental influences.
If a student has down syndrome , assistive technology can help with their learning experience. Their brains have a late reaction when their neurological system sends a message for any task.
Because of this late reaction, they tend to take longer to complete a task than an average students. Down syndrome children tend to have shorter fingers and a lowered thumb making their ability to write more difficult. Also, some of the usual wrist bones are not formed, making it difficult to hold objects.
Slanted desks are one type of assisted technology that can aid in the successful ability to write. A three-ring binder can be used to create a slanted desk by turning the binder sideways.
Also, students with Down syndrome often try to hold their pencils by anchoring them against the thumb rather than using the tip of their thumb. Shortened pencils or triangular-shaped pencils encourage students to hold them correctly. Using any of these assistive technologies can help down syndrome students during their educational process. Today many people with disabilities are breaking barriers through the use of technology.
For some individuals with disabilities, assistive technology is a necessary tool that enables them to engage in or perform many tasks. Integrating technology will allow students to increase their self-confidence, self-motivation, independence and they will also be able to engage in different activities within the school.
Not to be confused with remedial education or gifted education. For the American television series episode, see Special Education Glee. For economically disadvantaged children, see Child poverty. Theory and models.
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History of special schools[ edit ] One of the first special schools in the world was the Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles in Paris, which was founded in In recent times, places available in special schools are declining as more children with special needs are educated in mainstream schools. Once that is determined, the next step is the best way for the child to learn. Statped consists of 13 resource centres owned by the State, and 4 units for special education, where Statped downloads services.
For example, students with poor fine motor skills may be taught to print block letters , but not cursive handwriting. Special education is regulated centrally. Parents of students with a learning disability must be aware of what type of disability their child has, so they can get access to accommodations such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and adaptive physical education.
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