Children with Special Needs in Education

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Special (adj.): better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual. Children with special needs have some form of disability whether that be a learning, behavioral, physical, or emotional disability. These children need certain accommodations to help them reach their academic and social goals in school. There are many different types of disabilities, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Mental retardation, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and each one has a completely different effect on the individual. Their disability does not define them as human being but rather adds to their uniqueness. Children with special needs are like every other child who loves to play, explore, and let their imaginations run wild. The term simply means that student in particular needs more of an individualized curriculum and learning techniques to help them reach their full potential. Beginning in the early 1900’s, a small number schools were created in America to the “educable mentally retarded”. Many of these facilities were boarding schools where students were sent for weeks to months away from their families to achieve this education. At this point in time, there was no academic alternative for children with disabilities to learn. In 1922 the Council for Exceptional Children was created to advocate for these students and create a more successful, less discriminatory form of education. Today there is a chapter of this council at Providence College. By the later 1920’s
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