It is very difficult to understand those with special needs because you have never felt of experienced it on yourself or your family and friends. It scares and upsets you seeing those who suffer.
In my life time I have worked in a facility with special needs people who didn’t have any idea of what they were doing every minute they’ve tried to make a move, they didn’t know how to take care of themselves, how to dress, eat, play, since their brain simply doesn’t have enough serotonin or other likely needed cells to function. Many of them or almost all of them would never recover and it is a great struggle not only for them but for their families who never thought it could happen.
As time went by I’ve learned a lot of great techniques on how to deal with people or students with special needs by following the guidelines. Always ask for and follow the recommendations of your disabled student’s doctor on how to better meet their special needs.
Find out as much as you can about their disability. Use cooperative activities and fewer ones involving competition.Never underestimate their abilities.Avoid sarcasm and belittling remarks and encourage your other students to do the same.Work on their cardiovascular endurance. Most special-needs students are less fit than their peers.Be sensitive to feelings of inferiority felt by these students and work to counteract them.Choose activities that will allow special-needs students to be as full a participant in your class as possible.
All of you will probably teach a child with a special need sometime during your career. Granted, you might never have a blind, autistic or paralyzed student in one of your classes. Instead, you will probably have a Susie, who is extremely bright but whose hearing impairment makes it very difficult for her to learn new skills; a Trevor whose attention deficit disorder makes learning more difficult for both him and those around him; or a Kristy whose awful allergies make being active almost impossible on some days.
There are many magazines and educational issues on stands today that are designed to help you better teach the Susies, Trevors and Kristys you will encounter as well as children with more serious disabilities. Each section includes a brief summary of the condition and a detailed listing of ways to maximize the learning experience of children with that disability. Cross references are listed throughout, and a list of sources provides references for those who want to do more extensive research.
Of course, this material is designed only to give you suggestions on how to better teach these students. Whenever possible, talk to their parents and doctor and work with them to create the best possible learning environment for their child with special needs.
It is hard to watch and deal with special needs students or people in general since their minds are twisted in different direction but there is a way to make a connection- after all, it’s not their fault to be born that way.