Facts You Should Know About Special Education

Special education classes help a child learn who may have a learning disability or other problems that make it difficult to learn. Classrooms are set up to help the child learn and the class size is usually much smaller so the teacher can work with each child equally. Special education is important when a child cannot learn or has difficulty learning but still deserves the time and efforts it takes to learn.Special education is a class taught to suit the needs of the individual. If a child has autism there may be an individual who is assigned to assist that child throughout the school day to meet all their physical needs. This allows the teacher the freedom to teach the child while someone works at another aspect of the disability. An assistant can also help the teacher in the classroom so she or he can get the lesson done more quickly.
Some schools offer a wide range in special education services. Some teachers will go to the child’s home in order to teach them so they can still receive their education under special circumstances.A person who wants to teach or assist in special education should know that it take compassion and the ability to deal with children in a frequently stressful environment. Every child in class will act and react differently so you never know what you are going to encounter and what is considered a normal day for your class. You may have a class that requires minimal special attention. Others may require a lot of attention and even though you may have an assistant your job is still going to be stressful.Get more help outside of the classroom. if you have volunteers at your school then you need to be able to utilize them in order to help you. When things do not seem like they are working in your classroom you need to do something immediately and not waste time. A volunteer may be the one person who can make a difference for a child in your classroom.Special education is important in our society and it will determine how well a child succeeds as an adult if they have a disability. If a child is never taught how to deal with their disability then they will always consider it a burden however if a child is taught from the beginning how to deal with it, they can guess when they are going to have an attack, whether they are feeling negative, whether they need to change their routine, and more. If a child finds that accepting his disability at an early age can help them then they can use this help to succeed instead of constantly focusing on what they cannot do or will not be able to do because of their limitation.Teaching special education is vital to our society today. Not only will you teach your students things but your students will probably teach you a lot as well.

5 Things to Know About Free Appropriate Public Education and Special Education

Do you have a child with autism or a learning disability and you are concerned about their education? Does your child with Dyslexia struggle with their academics even though they are receiving special education services? Free Appropriate Public Education is a right for all children receiving special education services. This article will discuss 5 things that you will need to know about FAPE, to help your child receive it.1. The legal definition of FAPE is: special education and related services that are designed to meet the child’s unique needs, gives meaningful benefit, and has been given at no charge to the parents. Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) includes and Individual Education Plan that is designed to meet the child’s unique educational needs and gives meaningful benefit.2. The Supreme Court Case that gave us this definition of FAPE is Board of Education Vs. Rowley 458 US 176 in 1982. You may be able to use this case in the future if you have a dispute with your school district over FAPE.3. In the Rowley Case the justices determined that there are two areas that must be met to determine if a child with a disability is receiving FAPE:A. Procedural Requirements: Did the district follow the correct procedural requirements and provisions in developing the child’s IEP?B. Will the IEP developed by the school district give the child meaningful educational benefit.If either one of these is not done by the school district, then it means that the child is not receiving a free appropriate public education.4. IDEA 2004 states that a procedural violation must rise to the level of substantive violation, to constitute a lack of FAPE. In other words the procedural violation must be a major violation, in order to be a violation of FAPE. Some hearing officers and courts have found that parents being denied the ability of being an equal participant in their child’s IEP, is a substantive violation which is a denial of FAPE.5. A new recent court case N.R. vs. Kingwood Township the court states that the IEP must allow the child: significant learning and give meaningful benefit. Use this definition to determine if your child’s IEP is going to allow them significant learning and give meaningful benefit.By understanding what Free Appropriate Public Education is and having knowledge of court cases you will be able to help your child receive a Free Appropriate Public Education.

Special Education – What Are Positive Behavioral Supports, and Can They Help My Child?

Does your child with autism or ADHD have behavioral issues while at school? Does your school district continue to punish your child, rather than find a way to decrease their negative behavior? This article will discuss the use of positive behavioral supports to increase positive behavior thus decreasing negative behavior.Punishment only works in the short term to decrease negative behavior. Positive behavioral supports are research based and best practice, to change a child’s behavior for the long term.The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA 2004) requires : The IEP team in a case of a child whose behavior impedes his or her learning, or that of others to consider. . .strategies including positive behavioral intervention and systems to achieve positive change.So while many special education personnel continue to punish a child with a disability for negative behavior, the use of positive supports are required by IDEA 2004, and they are also effective long term.A summary of Positive Behavioral Supports:1. Positive behavioral support is the application of positive behavioral interventions and systems to achieve positive change.2. Positive behavioral support is an approach to discipline and intervention that is proving both effective and practical in schools.3. The emphasis is on behavior change that is durable, comprehensive, and linked to academic and social gains.4. The development of positive behavioral intervention and plans, are guided by functional behavioral assessment and is a foundation on which positive behavioral support is delivered.5. Functional Behavioral Assessment is a systematic way of identifying problem behaviors and the events that predict occurrence, and maintenance of those behaviors.6. A proactive perspective is maintained along a continuum, using prevention and interventions.A few things to keep in mind:In my experience, a lot of children that have a disability develop negative behavior, because of frustration with their academics. There is a huge connection between academic difficulty and behavioral difficulty. If your child has negative behavior at school, you must investigate and make sure that the academics that they are being taught are at their academic level. Make sure any change in academic curriculum, is included in your child’s individual education plan (IEP).Also, children with negative behaviors must be taught new acceptable behaviors, to replace the negative ones. Identify other appropriate behaviors that can be taught, that will serve the same function for the child. Make sure that any new behaviors that need to be taught to your child, are listed in their IEP.By focusing on positive behavioral supports rather than punishment you can help your child increase their positive behavior. This will in turn will benefit their education, and their life!