Center for child development

6 ways to bring out the best in differently abled students

It’s indeed a challenging task to provide proper and effective education to differently abled learners. However, it is not impossible.Both teachers and parents should learn the best ways to do that. Here are 6 effective ways by which you can trigger the strengths of these students.

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Find out the strengths – Learn about their strengths before they start attending your classes. Talk to the teachers who were taking classes previously, look at the files for test scores and grades. Now fill an inventory based on strength for every student. Interact with them to find out about their interests and what subjects they love.

Offer optimistic role models having disabilities –Special need students must learn about persons with disabilities who managed to attain success in life. This gives them a sense of positivity from within.

Strategize strength-based education– It’s important to know the strengths of each student and prepare strategies based on that. For instance, if a student is good at painting but has problems in reading, it’s great if he/she can draw the words. There are different ideasto bring out their talentsand educating them through it.

Leverage social networking power of each student– Make a graphical representation for a learner’s close network which helps in spotting the strong as well as weak relationships. Now it would be easy to pair two people who share the most positive relationship. Some of the effective methods are cross-age teaching, Best Buddies, peer-teaching and other approaches.

Help students foresee positivity in their career – Challenged students do not imagine themselves as successful working adults. Help them connect with their strengths and career goals. They might all do well in their career with proper learning and support.

Make positive modifications in the education setting – Teachers must plan well to bring about changes in the learning environment that merge with the strengths of the special students. Give ADHD to a learner who can grasp lessons by following movement. For a student suffering from Down syndrome, make a puppet theatre for him to act out word problems in mathematics in front of the class.

‘Neurodiversity’ is a revolution in education that supports students with special needs on the basis of ‘diversity’ instead of ‘disability’. This is a very positive initiative and by mixing it with differentiation strategies developed on the basis of student’s strengths, the challenged ones can achieve success.