For many parents who have children in special education classrooms, their child's learning is a balancing act. While they want their child to get the support the child needs to succeed, they also want their child to be challenged. Recently, a mother of such a child shared some of the challenges she faces when it comes to her son's education.
Support from the School
While special education students by law are required to have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), a parent's plans for the child and how the school implements the plans are not always the same.
Lack of Challenge
While there are certain grade-specific standards for children in general education situations, these standards are often not in place for special education children. Unfortunately, this sometimes means the children are not challenged. Instead of struggling and being forced to progress, these children sometimes find themselves at an educational plateau, unable to reach their academic potential.
Finding the Right Fit
No one educational plan is perfect for every student. Because of this, one learning environment may be great for one student but a horrible fit for another student. Finding that perfect balance of challenge and help is the key to academic success for any child.
Opportunity to Feel “Normal”
Every child wants the chance to feel normal. They want to fit in and participate in the same activities that their peers enjoy. For children who suffer from learning disabilities, but who enjoy many of the same extracurricular activities as their peers, the desire to fit in and feel normal can be especially challenging.
These are just a few of the challenges these children and their parents face when it comes to getting a quality education. If interested in learning about jobs where you can help children with behavioral health needs overcome these challenges, contact us.
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