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What Will You Learn in a Special Needs Education Program?

January 7 2023 - If you are a qualified teacher looking to change your role or expand into the world of special needs education, you are probably thinking about undertaking a program. It makes sense that you will be curious as to what this will entail and want to know what you expect to learn so you can prepare accordingly and know if this is the right path for you.

This piece is going to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.

Read on to find out more.

To Provide the Correct Training Strategies

In a special needs education program, you will be taught how to provide the correct training strategies for a variety of special needs. Knowing these accommodations will be essential to helping children in the right way for them, especially for those who have needs that can vary wildly on the spectrum, such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and dyspraxia. You will be taught how to review a child’s progress and to spot whether they need different accommodations or a different level of support.

A dual certification in elementary and special education can provide you with the skills to do all of this while putting you in a position to advocate for children who need this type of support and understanding.

To Understand the Different Types of Special Needs

If you are a teacher, you will already know that one size does not fit all, whether children are neurodivergent or neurotypical. Understanding the different categorized special needs and their level of severity is important for allowing a child to get the correct support. Not only that, but it will also allow you to assess your limitations and what you can do to assist someone who needs it.

To Help Students Learn

One of your priorities as a special needs teacher is to help students learn. For those with special needs, learning is a very personal thing and can require adaptation, patience, and personalization. You will be in a position to help them identify and develop their strengths and accept and work on the areas that need improving too. Accepting the student for who they are and how they learn will be the first step in encouraging them to do the same for themselves.

You will understand to treat all students as a blank slate and learn from them as much as they can learn from you.

To Motivate and Inspire

Teachers are always in a position to motivate and inspire, but learning how to do this can make all the difference, especially for children with special needs. Many have to work harder or adapt to learning to achieve the same results as their neurotypical peers. This can feel deflating, frustrating, and exhausting.

You will learn the skills to help children keep these feelings to a minimum and focus on what they can do and what they do achieve, which will serve them well long into their adulthood and the rest of their life.

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