special education

Many people have the misconception that academics in special education is merely a watered-down version of regular education

Many people have the misconception that academics in special education is merely a watered-down version of regular education. This is understandable, but incorrect. In fact, the opposite is often true. Special education is in many ways more intensive than conventional education.
For example in the regular education alphabets are taught in the regular order ie, a, b, c, d etc. but in the special education different approaches are used among which one is that letters are taught in different order like a, b, c, m, etc and then the concept of a word is taught where all these sounds are combined so that while teaching the alphabets , we can also teach the CVC* words to the kids at the same time. In regular education same approach and methods are used to teach all the kids irrespective of kid’s learning methods. Where as in special education , the methods and the materials are adapted based on kid’s response. For example if the kid is not responding well to the phonic reading of CVC words even after using different materials , he is encouraged to learn the sight words. Similarly many methods are used and adapted and the whole teaching will be child centric rather than using the conventional methods.
It is preferred that the people who are trained in this teaching methods teach the kids as the approaches generally adapted based on the kid’ s performance and small details in giving the instructions impact kid’s learning. So if the parent wants to home-school the kid or wants to work with the kids after the school, it is better to talk to the professionals and take their guidance.

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