Keep reading about the best sources for special education teachers. Insider Monkey has recently published an interesting article about this topic. According to research, there is at least one child with some type of disability in literally every classroom. It is estimated that there are more than six million students with some learning disabilities in the US. Autism is the most common disorder detected among school children, but there are also other disorders that cause smaller or bigger problems with learning to students.
Besides autism, we need to mention the Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, problems with reading, dyslexia or various handicaps. Students with learning disabilities completely rely on their teacher. The teacher has to be smart, creative, well-informed about his students’ problems and empathic, but at the same time it is necessary that the teacher performs all regular duties in the classroom on a daily basis. To work with children with special needs, it is not enough to be a good teacher only. You have to adjust your approach to each child’s needs, you have to find out as much as you can about their disorders and then find the proper way to fight them.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked two resources from their list.
The first one is Resources with interesting activities and games. Sometimes, the best way to learn and acquire new skills is through a game. Special education teachers know how important it is to find easy, interesting and funny games to use while teaching children with special needs, so having a good learning game is a real treasure for them. We recommend Do2Learn, a site with some interesting games, songs, crafts and seasonal arts. Not only do these games help children learn, but they also improve their social skills, communication, and behavior.
The last one is Membership programs, organizations, social media. When you are a special education teacher, you know how important it is to be in contact with people who have more experience in teaching or have a child with special needs. Sharing the information and experience could be the best learning method, so do not hesitate to ask these people for advice. If there is no such association where you live, search the internet and social networks. Facebook and Twitter could be a good starting point to do a research and contact other teachers and parents. Do not be afraid of sharing your fears or questions with them, you are all there to help one another and improve your teaching.
For any further interesting information read Insider Monkey’s article about best sources for special education teachers.