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Home Computers and Special Ed Home-Schooling Concepts

Many folks decide that the so-called “appropriate education” for their special education child just doesn’t cut the mustard. In many school districts they are correct. This is a travesty in many regards and yet perhaps considering the state of America’s schools, much of the regular curriculum for regular kids in many school districts also leaves a lot to be desired. Okay so, let’s talk.

What’s a special education student parent supposed to do? If they keep their kids at home and tech them from there, will they really have the emotional ability to do this? Do they have the education in behavioral psychology necessary? There may be a lot of doubt there, such this makes sense, however also consider this. Before special education at school, the toughest cases were taught by way of homeschooling from family members, at least enough for those young adults and children to get by in life. With the proper love, caring, and patience, the outcome was tolerable if not favorable.

Today, many special needs kids have parents how have now come to the realization or conclusion that the school system does not have the ability, money, or perseverance to help their child, so there is no other choice but homeschooling. Okay so, might I suggest that if you are one of these parents that you should be leveraging technology to assist you? Did you know that autistic kids playing with computers and communicating with Avatars on the screen come out of their shells better, and learn faster than they do working one-on-one with teachers or in a setting with other special needs children?

It’s true, and there is a ton of research to back this up. If you will get involved with local autistic groups, and educational professionals you can learn more about this. I also suggest you go to Google Scholar and start looking up things like “Special Ed, autistic, avatars” or “learning disabilities, special ed, computer interface,” because once you learn about some of the scientific breakthroughs happening today, you will be less intimidated by the task ahead of you.

Even if you don’t have a special needs child, one with a severe learning disability or autism – you might pass this information on to someone you know who does, and you do know a family with these challenges, we all do. It’s time we start playing it smart because that would be the “most appropriate” thing we could do in special education right now. Please consider all this and think on it.

What Makes Special Education So Special

Special education is defined as specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. These types of students can range from partially to severely disabled. Until you have a child requiring special education you can not appreciate the tremendous job the educators who work with these kids do.

Most schools provide some level of special education if your child has a learning disability on any particular area. Some have a full time staff who specialize in various areas to help children. Depending on the severity you may be faced with enrolling your child in a special needs school. This is something you will have to discuss with your teachers and school administrators.

There are many excellent online resources for parents to research and learn things they can do to help their child as well. Just Google searching the keyword phrase “special education” will bring up thousands of results to get you started. Most parents want to be involved in helping their kids and the internet is becoming a big help in this area. One thing you can do is sign up for as many free email newsletters on the subject of special education to easily be kept up to date on a weekly and monthly basis.

One of the primary problems parents and kids both face, when it comes to educating their kids who require special needs, is how to let them interact with other kids. Social development is certainly important to the growth of a child, many times as much so as education itself. It is generally in the best interest of your child to interact with other kids as often as possible.

Of course a common problem is how to deal with insensitive comments made to you child by other kids. As a parent it is only natural to try and protect your child, when it fact it may be better to let them learn how to handle things themselves. Most kids will seek out and want to play and be around other kids who accept them for who they are.

This is an important step in the development in the education of your child. Overall it is important to let your child interact with other kids as early and often as possible. Only step in when you feel it is really necessary and in the long run you are doing your child a favor.

This has been a quick overview on special education and what you can do as a parent to be more involved. The development of special needs children in many ways is more rewarding than other children and knowing you played a role in that is a feeling you will never replace.