Philosophy of Special Education Essay

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Philosophy of Special Education Marchelle Mitchell EDU 535 February 4, 2015 Valerie Klaus Philosophy of Special Education The purpose of schooling is to help our special education students to be functional and independent in the real world. I want them to learn how to deal with real life situations and to be able to understand and adapt to the changes it may bring. For example, being an autism teacher of high school students, my philosophy is different than of an autism teacher of elementary students. The most important thing of concern for the older students is to make sure they are as independent as possible and teach them some type of job skill to help them acquire a pay check to help with their care. I also help them have an…show more content…
The students will also learn functional math to teach the student how to use paper money. The IEP team decides what goals to set and how the student shall accomplish the goals by setting quarterly benchmarks that are obtainable by the time the team meets again at the annual IEP. When the students are in high school you want them to learn how to do small jobs such as; vacuuming, cleaning tables and chairs, being able to sort mail with a letter sorter, shredding, rolling plastic ware, and even filling salt and pepper shakers so they could do some type of work at various places. There are various instructional methods I will use within my classroom. I have been trained by Cleveland Clinic Children’s Autism Development Solutions incorporates ABA as well as using task analysis techniques to help make the student successful in what you are trying to teach them. The process starts off small but then as they master the smaller steps, they increase to larger steps and can become longer within the activity to show increased task duration. This helps the student become ready to perform certain jobs they may like. I would also have a behavior plan in place for each student so when they have their behaviors then there is a step by step plan to help myself and whoever comes in contact with the student to know
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