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Supporting Special Needs in the Classroom

Supporting Special Needs in the Classroom

March 9, 2018 | Amanda Munday
How can we provide support to the children with individual support needs?

Envisioning a preschool environment that meets the needs of all students seems like a challenge, but it's actually simpler than you may think. With communication, a team effort, and some educational tools, you can establish a classroom where every student thrives.

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Adopt inclusive classroom techniques that include a special needs teacher:

An inclusive classroom is one where children of all needs are taught in the same setting, rather than separating those with special needs or disabilities. This approach has gained popularity in recent years because it encourages creativity and diversity while promoting interaction and participation.

The addition of a special needs teacher working alongside a traditional educator can offer valuable insight, observation, and feedback about students with behavioral or developmental considerations. Together, the two can work to ensure the curriculum is benefiting everyone.

Know your student's strengths and understand their individual needs:

Taking the time to familiarize yourself with the family, caregivers, or therapists of a child with special needs is one of the best ways to ease the transition into a new learning environment.

Visiting with parents and the child ahead of time allows you the opportunity to discuss how you can best encourage their education. It also gives the family a chance to describe that child's strengths, hobbies, talents, and other personality traits that will help you develop an appropriate curriculum for that student.

Use observation techniques to measure student progress:

Observation methods are an excellent way of noting improvements, behavioral changes over time, and can be a useful tool for communicating with parents.

Narrative records can provide a holistic view of activity at school whereas checklists and rating systems are better for objective assessment or completion of specific tasks. The type of childcare observation that you use will depend on the needs of the individual student and may include more than one approach.

Adapt the classroom environment to meet the needs of all students:

As the popularity of inclusive learning increases, new teaching resources and methods are emerging for encouraging learning of all kinds.

For example, students with autism might benefit from classroom quiet corners with minimal distractions and dampened lighting. Children with hyperactivity or attention issues can benefit from modifications like group seating that encourage participation or motion chairs that permit a child to focus while moving in place.

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