Special Education Resources
Special education resources are available to teachers who have the task of trying to get the best educational results from children who are basically outside of the mainstream education system, due to learning disabilities or other medical factors which make it impossible for them to absorb information in the usual way. These resources can be physical learning aids which help the teacher make a connection in the mind of the child, helping them to absorb information which would otherwise be lost. They can also simply be the services of a trained assistant, who can effectively give them more time.
Probably the most important resource of all for someone working as a teacher within special education is the medical profession itself. The diagnosis of a child who has learning difficulties is the most important step in helping them to achieve the best possible results. In the past, many children with dyslexia and other conditions which affect their ability to learn were simply thought of as being of low intelligence, and little was understood about what was really happening. Medical science so far more advanced now, and is able to make an accurate diagnosis far sooner.
As well as the accurate diagnosis which is now far more likely to happen, the children need teachers and other professionals who have a deep understanding of how special education needs to be administered. There are always a great many possibilities for the child’s continued development, even after the condition has been properly diagnosed. There is always a preference for trying to keep the child within the classroom situation and with the other children in their own age group, as this has been proven to be the most effective way of dealing with most children. It is also the least draining method on the resources of the educational authority.
There are no more critical special education resources than the abilities of the teachers given the task of education children outside of the normal system. This is not a profession which is open to anyone, even within the teaching profession, as there is a definite need for specialist training to learn exactly ho to deal with what are often extremely testing circumstances. This training is available to anyone who ants to try to enter the profession, as long as they have no criminal convictions and can gain acceptance with a college or other learning center.
Assistants can be extremely useful in helping this to happen, because they can provide some direct attention for the child with the learning disability, while the actual teacher is having to give their time to the rest of the class. This is the delicate balancing act which every teacher in this situation has to face every day. They know they are needed by the child with the disability, but they also know they must never take their attention away from the rest of the class. Assistants need to be licensed, as they are working with children, but they do not need the same level of expertise.
The most extreme special education resources are the ones which are needed when the condition of the child is so serious that they simply cannot be taught with other children in the same classroom. This will often be because their behavior can be unruly and they will disrupt the other children, but it can simply be that too much time and attention is needed for the individual child to make it realistic for them to remain in the classroom. When a child is to be educated in isolation, there is obviously no limit to the technology which can be used to assist the process, or to the ingenuity of the special education resources.