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Special Education

A few ideas for teachers of children with special needs for better child care

Being a teacher to children is not just an exceptional profession but also a massive responsibility that needs to be discharged with great care and love. This can never be truer than this, when you are tasked with helping a bunch of children with special needs, where a wide range of issues can only swell the difficulty associated with helping such children.

While this is definitely a tougher task than anyone would like it to be, providing enough and more care and attention in carrying out the job can greatly cope with such issues pretty convincingly.

Here are a few tips that you can imbibe into your daily adventures with the children with special needs;

Focusing on the child’s strengths not on weaknesses

As the teachers, too, are human, it is natural that they can fall into being victim of negativity. It is important that these negative attitude and thoughts are not transferred to children who are easily impressionable, at this young age. Instead, care must taken to help the child focus more on the things that she/he can do warding off the weaknesses the child might have.

Every teacher must take enough care to ensure the growth of the child based on the strengths of the child to create high levels of self-esteem that can later be used to work on and improve upon the weaknesses.

Focusing on weakness even from the beginning can send a wrong signal to the child that can be dangerous and only can cause more trouble than good.

Importance of instilling social skills along with cognitive skills

One of the major challenges the children with special needs face is the social expulsion. And, this is an entirely different beast from social attention. There may be instances where the children with social need get sidelined by the peers during interactions or playtimes. This usually happens when it is a class of younger children and it can create situations where the children with special needs do not have adequate social interactions. This can lead the children to grow socially underdeveloped.

As the real world is a place where social interactions are an inevitable requirement, helping the children learn the art of social interaction and creating enough chances to grow socially are really important. It is important that, as a teacher, when any events or school trips happens, you must take such opportunities to bring children with special needs to it.

You must be able to help them interact with other children; educate them about being polite; and being mindful of the body language of others. Encouragement must be given to the children with special need to interact with the other children when they feel comfortable.

Never underestimate the children with special needs:

One of the major and strongest hurdles that children with special need faces is the restriction they create based on the attitude and behavior of others around them. Such negativity and discouraging satiations can condition the children to limit themselves from embracing their own abilities.

As a teacher, it is your responsibility to help them believe in their abilities and strengths. Most of the times, the majority of the limitations the children condition upon themselves are non-existent. You must be able to give them routine tasks that the children can overcome slowly and create a sense of success in them.

Never try to limit them to any confines just because they have been diagnosed with some; if you are willing to help them prove themselves, the chances of you being surprised are higher.

Instill them with successful stories of famous people with special needs:

It is very natural that children with special needs can easily become discouraged as they may be constantly ridiculed and discouraged by their peers around them. In such situations, it is essential that the teacher intervenes and help them get encouraged by telling them stories of famous people who have battled such discouraging conditions and come up successfully.

Such stories can instill in them the courage and drive to become successful in their lives.

Paying attention to these factors and tethering them to your daily interactions with the children can help you as a teacher to help them grow better.