Special education – understanding special needs in children

Special education in CBSE school plays a key role in the development of a wholesome personality in children with special needs.

Special education is the practice of educating students to provide accommodations that address their individual differences, disabilities, and special needs”, says the Wikipedia. There are over 25 million people in India with special needs. While it may come as a shock to many parents to find that their child needs special education, the sooner they accept the reality, the better it is, for it will help them chart out a strategy for their education.

Different types:

What exactly are the ‘special needs’? This is something that could lead to a lot of confusion. There could be times when a child may be having learning difficulties. They may have problems grasping lessons or have problems with their attention span. During certain other times a child may show certain behavioural patterns. ADHD (Attention- Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or Dyslexia could be issues for some kids. Some of them maybe suffering from low self-esteem and therefore not mingling with the others. Then there are kids with special physical needs. For example, kids could be having issues with their hearing or sight, which could be inhibiting their ability to learn. Parents too need to watch out for such signs from a young age.

Expert evaluation:

It goes without saying that if the parents have a doubt, they need to first of all get an evaluation done by an expert to find whether their child indeed requires special education. There are chances that the special need is only mild. In such cases, the expert may decide that the child does not need to go to a special education school and can be admitted in a regular school.

Special Education in CBSE School

Special education schools:

Fortunately, there are a number of good special education schools available these days. A simple online search is all that you need to do to find one near you. One of the best ways to select one is through referrals. Talk to other parents of kids with special needs and find out about special education schools. You can also join online forums and get to know more in detail about special education schools near you. These schools have specially trained teachers who use different techniques to adapt to the unique needs of each child, to help them learn. These days an inclusive education approach, wherein children with special needs are taught along with the normal ones is also being adopted in different parts of the world.

Right atmosphere at home:

It is important that the right kind of atmosphere is provided to a child with special needs at home. ‘Encouragement’ is the key word here. Encourage the child to explore different activities such as painting, music, sports, etc. Make sure that as parents you too are actively involved in their activities, such as helping them with their homework. Get their feedback from time to time. This kind of approach will help build their self-esteem and inter-personal communication skills.

For the millions of children with special needs, special education in CBSE school helps them during their growing years. While we are not a special education school, at TCIS, we make sure that slow learners receive additional support and attention from their teachers, ensuring that don’t feel left behind their peers. This kind of a support system plays a crucial role in increasing the self-esteem of these students, thus having a positive impact on their learning abilities.

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