Special Education Needs


Based on the current laws and regulations the definition of special education is teaching and educating exceptionally needy children with in the least restrictive environment. Many people are involved in the implementation and determination of special needs. Many public and private schools offer a variety of special education programs.

Several of the different types of special education programs available are learning disabled, hearing impaired, and autism specific programs. Programs for the gifted used be included in with government funding, however, it has been dropped from the federally approved guidelines.

The goal of these target educational programs is to try to help children reach their full potential in the least restrictive environment that is possible. One of the first steps to this process is identifying a need. A parent, teacher, or guidance counselor must place a request with the school for an assessment hearing. At the hearing there will be a social work, educational development specialist, and exceptional needs specialist. The child will be tested and evaluated. If it is further determined that there is a need for services there will be a subsequent

Special Education Maze

ed2Are you the parent of a child with Autism, or a learning disability who receives special education services? Does your life with your child seem overwhelming, and you sometimes find it difficult to be the advocate for school issues, as you need to be? Or have you given up advocating for your child’s education because you feel that you cannot win? This article will give you 6 ideas on how you can overcome apathy, successfully navigate the special education maze, so that your child can receive an appropriate education!

1. Realize that special education is an entitlement for your child under Federal Special Education law (IDEA 2004), and that he or she is depending on you to fight for the services that they need!

2. Now that school is back in session, try and attend a few parent trainings (on federal and state education and disability law), where you can learn about the law, and gain important advocacy information, as well as meet other parents in your area. Look for groups that provide parent training at your States parent training and information center (PTIC), or

Special Education Reform


I remember 20 plus years ago when I was getting my graduate degree in Special Education and a buddy of mine getting his degree in elementary education told me that his father, a school principal, said that I probably shouldn’t waste my time getting a masters in Special Education. He said that Special Education would be eventually fading out of public education. I was almost done with my masters at this point so I figured I would have to take my chances with it, besides what other choice did I have anyways at that point?

I got a Special Education job and taught for about 10 year. There were a lot of ups and downs over those 10 years, and eventually I decided that I wanted a change so I got certified and switched over to high school history. At this point in my career I remembered what my friend had said a decade ago and wondered if I was ahead of the curve on schools no longer needing special education

Special Education

SPED otherwise known as Special Education is the term for schools or any education system that offers education for students with learning problems due to mental health issues, behavior problems, speech and language problems, visual impairments, autism, deafness, trauma and other health impairments. At the beginning we can say that SPED students are not capable of attending normal school, SPED teachers teach them on specialized schools, home, hospitals and other institutions. But soon after years of specialized education offers a transition program for SPED students that will allow them to attend normal school just like anyone does.

To become a Special Education teacher, is to become an unsung hero. SPED teachers are always patient and understanding of their students. They must be passionate about their profession and set a good inspiration for their students. Motivate his or her students to learn the basics of life and education.

Indeed being a SPED teacher is a good Samaritan act, but not everyone can be a teacher specialized on this type of education since it requires some standardized education in order to become a SPED teacher – Technically you can’t but you still can help through simple ways.

Emancipation Through a Grant for Special

There is a need to provide special care and attention to students who have some kind of impairment or special needs to ensure their continuous intellectual growth and learning development.

Around the world, there has been a steady increase of students with disabilities in many schools, in comparison to the overall population of regular students. A recent statistics from Studentneeds.info revealed that there are currently 2.7 million students diagnosed with a specific learning disability. Their disabilities can happen to anyone and can come in various forms. Their issues tend to go worse if undetected and untreated, affecting their normal, day-to-day lives.


We call “special education” as any type of education designed to instruct and support students with identified disabilities. This is to enable students with disabilities to develop their fullest potentials by providing public education as mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA.

Teaching for Special Education is a more challenging job than regular education. Using a uniquely designed instructional program, teachers and educators are working to share the responsibility of ensuring students with disabilities get equal opportunities to learn in school.

A grant for special education addresses the

Special Education Profession

An Education Professional is one who works to develop the academic, behavioral and social needs of a child or student especially one with disabilities. As the term ‘special education’ denotes, these professionals are trained and skilled to help students achieve more confidence, overcome learning disabilities, learn appropriate behavioral skills to interact with the community; in short, they use their skills to administer activities that build on a child’s life skills.

This kind of Profession is an extremely interesting career choice but it calls for a great deal of confidence, commitment and focus to handle people who are differently abled from others and focus all attention in helping them achieve their goals. The chance to positively impact a child’s life is one of the key driving and motivating factors for professionals to enter this field.

Orienting towards a career in special education, a person has to be able to answer the following questions honestly and sincerely.

1. Am I interested in helping others, especially less privileged young children?
2. Can I handle and care for children and students who have behavioral problems and who require a completely different learning pattern?
3. Do I want to make

Special Education Acronyms

Do you sometimes wonder what some of the Acronyms in special education mean? Do the acronyms make your head spin? This article will discuss common special education acronyms and what they mean. This will make it easier for you to actively participate in your child with disabilities education.

1. FAPE: stands for Free Appropriate Public Education. Each child has the right under IDEA to receive a free appropriate public education.

2. IDEA: stands for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; which is the federal law that applies to special education.

3. IDEA 2004: This is the federal law that was reauthorized in 2004. If you see this in an article, it usually means that something was changed in IDEA, by the reauthorization in 2004.

4. LEA: stands for the local educational agency, which is your local school district.

5. SEA: stands for the state educational agency, which is your states board of education.

6. IEP: stands for the Individual Educational Plan, which must be developed for every child that receives special education services.

7. LRE: stands for Least Restrictive Environment. LRE means that children with disabilities need to be educated in

Ide ntification of Minority Children in Special Education

Are you concerned about the amount of minority children that are being diagnosed with disabilities in your school district? Are you worried about the large numbers of African American boys receiving special education services? Are you concerned about your child who is in a minority group and being found eligible for special education! Much has been written in the past several years about the increased numbers of poor African-American children receiving special education services. This article will discuss this issue, and also underlying causes of this.

In 1975 when the Education for All Handicapped Children Act was passed Congress found that poor African-American children were being placed in special education much more often than other children. These difficulties continue today. In the Findings section of IDEA 2004 Congress stated about the ongoing problems with the over-identification of minority children including mislabeling the children and high drop out rates.

About 9% of all school age children are diagnosed with a disability and receive special education services. But African-American children receive special education services at a rate about 40% higher than the national average across racial and ethnic groups at about 12.4%. Studies have shown that schools that

Special Education Advocates Role in Advocating

Are you the parent of a child with autism or other disability? Would you like to know what an advocate does in the special education process? Do you wonder if a special education advocate could help you in fighting for needed services, for your child? This article will explain what the role of a special education advocate is, and whether they could help you advocate for a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for your child.

There is currently no certification for special education advocates! This is the reason why it is sometimes difficult to find one that is knowledgeable, and has expertise in special education.

The role of a special education advocate is to:

1. Have a working knowledge of state and federal laws that cover special education, and know how to use them to advocate for children. Federal law is Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Each state is required to have a law that must comply with IDEA.

2. Understand different types of disabilities and have experience advocating for children of different disabilities

3. Take time to know the child, and work with the parent to determine what services and placement

Ways For You to Win a Special Education Dispute

Are you the parent of a child with autism or dyslexia that is sick and tired of not getting your child special education services they need? Would you like to learn 8 ways that you can win a dispute with your school district, and finally get your child the educational and related services that they require to benefit their education? This article will help you learn 8 things that you can do to finally get your child the services they need!

I recently was asked by a parent if it is possible for a parent to ever win a dispute with special education personnel! The good news is that yes many parents win special education disputes and are able to get their child needed special education services.

To win a dispute a parent must:

1. Have a change of attitude! Tell yourself over and over in your head that you have the right to advocate for your child, and no one has the right to tell you to stop! By changing your attitude you can finally be in a place to get what your child needs!

2. Along with a change of attitude, comes

PhD in Special Education

There are many people who heard of special education but do not know in details what it is about. It means that education is provided for students with disabilities in areas of hearing, speech or learning difficulties. There are branches or specializations like in hearing disabilities, speech impairments, learning difficulties, vision disabilities and autism. A PhD in this field could be studied by one who has prior Certificate or Degree in Special Education. This doctorate has courses covering the law of special education, educational administration, student assessment, instructional strategies, and development on the programs for special education. The teacher may also take up this PhD to advance and further in this particular field.

Those who possess PhD in in this field could have chosen the career as a leader or administrator, overseer for education programs and planning, supervisor for special educational teachers or instructional coordinator. Other career may include being a professor at university or a college lecturer. Whatever the post, one in this field needs to be loving, caring, patient and compassionate to serve the special students.

One with a PhD could benefits the society in his or her administration for this type of education

The Secret To Being A Good Special Education

Education is one of the most rewarding professions. Special education is particularly rewarding. The joy you feel when a person who is having problems makes some progress is unmatched in any other field. But to be a special education teacher takes a special type of person. It not only requires special training, one must also be very patient and love people no matter what their special needs. If you are the type of person who combines all these elements then a career in special education could be for you.

To teach special education you must be licensed. Getting a license requires you to have at least a bachelor’s degree and complete an approved training course in teaching special education. Some states require a master’s degree. Acquiring the training is not very difficult. Many colleges offer undergraduate, graduate and doctorate level courses in the field. Teachers who want to focus on special education often have to complete longer periods of training than teachers in other areas. You can choose to specialize within the special education field or you may pursue general special education training. The last year of training usually entails working in a classroom under the supervision

Special Education Teachers

Today, I am a Special Education teacher. However, I can still remember when I was young and back in graduate school matriculated in the social studies teaching program. Since I wanted to be a History teacher, not a Special Education teacher, it’s kind of funny that all these years later I am teaching Special Education. How did this happen? Well, the same way it happened for some others too I guess… I had friends who were Special Education teachers and also a few who were enrolled in Special Education teacher-preparation programs who talked me into giving it a try. They told me that Special Education is where the real need was. Basically, they told me that this is where a guy like me could do the most good.

Well, more than two decades later not much has changed. There is still a huge need for Special Education teachers here in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Special Education is among the most high-need fields in schools that service low-income students. The U.S. Department of Education also states that there is a Special Education teacher shortage in 49 out of

Special Education

Special education can be defined as specially configured instructions and other education-related services to meet the educational, social, emotional, and vocational needs of students with disabilities. Special education teachers educate students who have various types of disabilities, including speech or language impairments, mental retardation, emotional distress, hearing impairments, orthopedic impairments, multiple disabilities, specific learning disabilities, visual impairments, autism, combined blindness and deafness, traumatic brain injury, and other health impairments. A special educator has to work with students of all ages from infants and toddlers, students in elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as youths. The special educator’s job also involves working with a team of professionals, i.e., doctors, speech pathologists, social workers, orthopedists, psychiatrists, counselors, etc. The teaching methods and techniques in special education would vary based on the disability and it would also vary from individual to individual.

The teaching methods include individual instructions, problem-solving techniques, group work, and special assignments depending upon the needs of the individual. They can also develop individual educational programs for each student to help with the child’s activities of daily living. As technology plays an important role in special education, a teacher is expected to

Ways Parents Can Support Special Educators

In many schools across the US, special education teachers are often at the short end of the stick regarding getting support from their classroom. The student-teacher ratio is unusually low, and there’s almost no parent participation because of the smaller pool of people in the first place.

We are still in an age with a large number of self-contained classrooms that run low on supplies and adequate support. This is because they aren’t connected to a grade level school where resources are shared. Here’s how you can support special education teachers and help them get through the year.

Become a room parent

There are times when a special educator goes without a room parent. There’s no fault with the students’ families though. They are already stretched thin. If your child receives special education and participates in general education for most of the day, try splitting your time with another parent for providing support. A special education classroom often needs coverage for attending special luncheons and school-wide events.

Donate supplies”

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Special Education in Ireland s

This article is an introduction to special education in Irish secondary schools. The past then years have witnessed a sea change in special education provision in Ireland. The Department of Education and Science has issued numerous directives and guidelines in relation to policy, provision, structure and supports. Since 1998 there have been ten pieces of legislation passed through the Dail that relate, one way or another to children and special education needs The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has been established along with the Special Education Support Service (SESS). Both these organisations oversee and coordinate all special education initiatives nationwide. Ireland’s primary schools have pioneered these new directives. Special education provision at primary level is developing at a rapid pace and great strides are being made. The next horizon for improvement is secondary school.

Ireland’s secondary schools are driven by an exam-oriented curriculum. Subject area specialists teach all of the curricular content. The supports available to children with special needs are not extensive or as tested as those at primary level. In what follows we will look at the needs and entitlements of children entering secondary school who have identified special education

Special Education Colleges

Special education colleges are those academic institutions that help physically disabled students by making use of particular post-secondary programs. These colleges respond to certain necessities so that disabled students should not feel impaired all through the whole education course. Special education colleges are different from other institutions in a way that they grant the identical educational environment for every student that attends the same college. These changes are applied to all handicapped students, not to specific social segments.

These measures are the consequence to the fundamental right to education, and particularly the right to academic education. Special education colleges intend to support students to overcome physical impediments and bring them to the same level as ordinary students. These types of colleges and universities have developed specific programs that consist of special measures that are able to continuously fulfill any further conditions.

Every academic institution has its particular policies and facilities concerning special education and the students who need special help along their academic studies are recommended to be informed on how these measures fully fulfill their needs.

A few of the major differences special education colleges frequently

An Inside Look at the Special Education

Special education professionals work to promote students’ overall behavioral, social and academic growth. Special education professionals aide students in developing socially appropriate behavior within their family, school and community. Teachers of special education help students become more confident in their social interactions. Special education professionals administer activities that build students’ life skills.

What Does the Job Entail?

Are you interested in helping others? Can you handle and care for people who learn differently and have other behavioral problems? Do you want to make a difference in a young child’s life? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you might consider a career in special education. Below is a breakdown of the short and long-term responsibilities of a special education teacher.

First and foremost, special education teachers focus on the development and academic needs of children with disabilities. They encourage learning in disabled students by implementing educational modules and behavioral techniques. Special education teachers work alone or with general education teachers to individualize lessons, develop problem-solving techniques and integrate children into group projects with other students. Furthermore, special education teachers are responsible for ensuring that the needs of disabled children are met during

Special Education and the Importance of Collaboration

Collaboration means working with an individual or a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Its importance is most visible in education. Every day, teachers work together with their peers, school counselors, and other staff for the success of each student. And when it comes to special education, collaboration becomes the single most important thing for a teacher.

A teacher for special education has to collaborate with school administrators, general education teachers, school therapists, psychologists, and parents and guardians. Students with mild disability have now been included in regular classroom teaching, according to the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education (IDEA) Act. This has led to general and special education teachers working together, often with the help of the best fun educational apps. The role of the educator in a general classroom, involves teaching the curriculum and assessing and evaluating special children. It’s important that a the educator brings in a set of personal skills to enhance student learning. Skills of both the general teacher and the special educator should come together to help a student.

A special educator has to work closely with the school management. It’s

Job Opportunities For Specially Educated

If you have a college degree but you feel as if you never use or that is does not really qualify you for all that many interesting jobs, you are not alone. Many people spend four years attending college only to realize their only option is to sit in a cubicle all day doing a job they could have done right out of high school. The education may have been a great experience, but it was hardly worth the financial investment. If you are concerned about investing a lot of money in college and ending up in a relatively dead-end job, you are not the first person to feel this way. Instead of spending gobs of cash on college, consider investing in specialized education for a specific career. A security certification or security training will provide you with the exact skills you need to perform a job that pays more than many college-educated individuals earn.

Working in child care is another example of learning a specialized skill that does not take years to accomplish. While many childcare teachers are college educated and in most states, some college courses are required, you can receive