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How teachers can assist kids with special needs

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As a teacher you need to perform multiple roles. Apart from teaching, you need to be a mentor, guide, sometimes takes up the role of parent, nurse and so on. So dealing with normal children is challenging. A classroom which is filled with students of hyperactive, dull, naughty or disruptive one, will also sometimes have children who need special attention.

Special children who require additional attention also need different connection and care for them. However they need twice the attention, when compared to normal children.

Children with special attention includes ADHD, Autistic, children with learning disabilities, or some children with conduct issues.

Here are few guidelines for teachers to know about them

So when a teacher sees the classroom he/she will understand the pulse of the children and therefore kids seem to be difficult to handle in terms of behaviour or accademics. Things that the teacher expects from normal children will not be the same with special needs.

Build relationship before prioritising the accademics

It is common for all teachers that academics are the priority, no matter what type of students they are dealing with. It is important for them to show the increased accademic growth in all the students. But it may not be easily successful with special need children. So instead of prioritising academics, first you need build good rapport and share a special bond. So that you slowly bring them on the track of studying.

Let the class be supportive

Teasing, bullying is common between normal and special need children. So bringing in harmony is difficult. Sometime when you pay more attention to special needs children, other students would lose their track in the process of attention seeking behaviour. Hence emphasise on activities that help each other.

However special attention, remedial classes for those children really beneficial. But due to shortage of the time, it may not always possible to serve them. Keeping a track of their growth, parental discussion would be great in that case too.

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Ramya E.

The author is a counselor and lifeskills trainer who has trained over 2000 students. She holds an M.Sc. in Psychology.

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