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This paper examines the specific difficulties that a teacher may encounter in a special education classroom. First, the paper describes the move away from classifying students as mentally retarded when more specific disabilities may be assigned. These include such diagnoses as autism or physical disabilities. Then, the paper discusses causes of these disabilities. Next, the paper addresses how the special needs classroom should accommodate these students, particularly noting the importance of an effective curriculum. The paper concludes that by understanding the special needs of these students more appropriate classroom environments may be developed for them.
From the Paper:"The catch-all phrase "mental retardation" is not often used these days, as more specific classifications are generally preferred, but some cases where developmental issues other than a significantly reduced intelligence do not exist still receive this classification (CDC 2009). Autism is another recognized disorder that is diagnosed with increasing regularity. Autism spectrum disorders are characterized by social, communicative, and behavioral issues stemming from an apparently different information processing mechanism than exists in the typical mind (CDC 2009). This makes empathy and interaction--including learning--difficult for those with autism, though their intelligence may even be above average. Severe disabilities can be mental, physical, or both, and involve a lack of ability to perform one or more essential functions such as movement, communication, and the basics of self-care (CDC 2009). Such students will require increased assistance and modification for many activities, and a large degree of personalized educational tasks and goals. Multiple disability students might have any number and combination of these and/or other disabilities, and also require individualized plans."
Sample of Sources Used:
- CDC. (2009). Center for Disease Control Official Website. Accessed 26 September 2009. http://www.cdc.gov/
- WV Dept. of Education. (2009). "Schools of Brooke County." West Virginia Department of Education Official Website. Accessed 26 September 2009. http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/index.html?county_id=10
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Understanding and Educating Students with Special Needs (2012, April 01) Retrieved May 16, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/understanding-and-educating-students-with-special-needs-150731/
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