If you’re teaching children with special needs in an inclusion setting you’ll need to modify some of your teaching strategies. It really isn’t that difficult to adapt a lesson plan – these four tips will help.
Federal law dictates that every student with a disability is entitled to a free education in the least restrictive learning environment. Individualized student 504 plans and IEPs ensure this happens for students with special needs in educational communities.
DEAR stands for Drop Everything And Read. You tell the students to stop what they are doing and get out their books. The program is meant to encourage independent reading and to help children want to read more at home.
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Here are some strategies for para-educators to help special needs students when you don’t have time to preview the materials. Simply getting the similar children in a circle and reading aloud is a great tactic. Making an outline as you go through the material is also a good idea.
As a paraprofessional, one of the most helpful things you can do for your student is to get them organized.
There are many different types of rewards systems for students with special needs. As teachers we try some that work the first time and find that others need a little tweaking.