Educating special needs students requires more work and understanding, and can be challenging. What adds to the problem is that several special-needs are interrelated, or very similar in symptoms.
For example, ADHD is strongly correlated with dyslexia. However, there are times where the problem could be something else. for example, a child who doesn’t like to talk could be autistic or have social anxiety disorder or he could have problem hearing because of which s/he do not get into a conversation.
A child with ADHD may also have nearsightedness because of which s/he could wander around the classroom (to get a better view of the activities.)
Children who are suffering from Autism, Down syndrome, Dyslexia, ADHD, Blindness, or Cystic Fibrosis may be considered as kids who have special needs
This is why teachers who teach special students need to develop a “clinical eye” towards their students. Teachers should understand the research behind learning disabilities and behavioral disorders (effects on the physical development, cognitive development, communication development, social/emotional development, and adaptive development), and then develop the best methods to reach their students.
Special needs teachers should take the help of support staff such as speech therapists, OTs, PTs, psychologists, and social workers, in order to produce better results.
As parents, you need to acknowledge that your child is different (need a different approach to learning), you also need to get an expert diagnosis (to be sure of the problem and not assume anything).
Having said that, knowing that your child has dyslexia or ADHD doesn’t mean that they are not smart or not normal; your kid is perfectly fine, its just that they need your help overcome some issue (which everybody anyways has in life).
Originally posted 2016-05-22 16:54:39.