Children are special aren’t they? They are the world to their parents. But there are some children who are really special in a different way. They find it difficult to understand things in the manner their counterparts do. Their learning abilities are different. Their understanding patterns are different. These children need that extra help or push to get them going. They are God’s special children.
March 3, 2017 I Written By Blessed Angels
#Special Education #Shadow Teaching #Behaviour Modification #Home Schooling #Remedial Teaching
A Special Child may have a mild different learning pattern or a deep cognitive impairment; terminal illness or some psychiatric problems. Food allergies and developmental delays are other aspects found in specially-abled children. In medical parlance these disorders are termed as Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, ADHD, Slow Learners and Autism.
Understanding a child's special needs is often a confusing and difficult process for parents. In the initial years it is very difficult for parents to know whether things are normal or not. Especially with a first child, parents may not know what their child’s growing up process would entail. When to expect the child to speak, understand sounds, and understand what others speak. It is next to impossible, to distinguish between a healthy, active toddler versus a child with special needs. As a parent, it may take some time to recognize these issues and take corrective measures. And most of these corrective measures should be taken at an early age to enable the child to carve a niche for himself in life.
Developmental disabilities can be devastating for a family to deal with. This can change their visions of the future and provide immediate difficulties in caring for and educating the child. Moreover diagnoses like Autism, Downs Syndrome and intellectual disabilities often cause children to be removed from the mainstream society. Although the needs of the special child may vary, there are some common concerns that link parents, especially where learning and adjusting in the society is concerned.
Some Alternate Learning Methods that Work
1. Shadow Teaching
Shadow Teaching is a progressive form of assistance that acts as a resource for your child, school and parent. Shadow Teachers use teaching methods that include individualized instructions, problem-solving assignments, and small group work. The focus of a shadow teacher is to understand the learning structure and requirement of the child and then support the child in an inclusive environment.
2. Behavior Modification
In this method techniques are developed to systematically shape your child's behavior by creating case replicas where certain behaviors are modified. The same techniques are passed on to the care takers and parents, because they spend most of the time with the child. This process makes it easy for the child to assess his behavior in a conducive environment thus making him real world ready.
3. Special Education
A highly individualized process, special educators, well trained and certified in dealing with the academic needs of the child’s overall development, understand the child’s learning style, and design teaching techniques catering to each individual child requirement, thereby helping children with learning issues overcome the diverse demands of a set curriculum.
4. Home Schooling
For children who find it difficult coping with other children. These difficulties might be more pronounced if the child is placed in a regular school. The child goes through a painful phase where he or she has no one, who will understand them. Qualified home tutors, create an environment of trust, empathy and learning for your child in the comforts of their home along with a tailor-made curriculum which synergizes classroom learning with social skills and personality development.
5. Remedial Teaching
Techniques like one-to-one instructions, small group instructions, written and verbal work are used in this method. Remedial Teaching focuses on skills rather than on content. Children who might have missed learning foundational skills, benefit greatly from this method. Remedial teaching measures include breaking lessons into small steps, helping the child understand, give feedback on a regular basis which helps keep students on track and motivated. All these are done keeping the child’s school curriculum in mind. Remedial teaching has been showing great results in small and teenage children, especially between the age group of 5 to 10 and 11 to 16 years.
As a society, we need to understand that, these special children are a part of us. Ignoring them will do no good, rather holding and supporting them will encourage this child, lead a normal life. We have many of these special children who have carved a niche for themselves in this world. Be friendly and respectful towards these children, they have no expectations from you, but a hand that will support them to overcome their difficulties and help them lead a life of dignity. They can achieve their true potential, only when you make an attempt to see it in them.
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