Many folks decide that the so-called “appropriate education” for their special education child just doesn’t cut the mustard. In many school districts, they are correct. This is a travesty in many regards and yet perhaps considering the state of America’s schools, much of the regular curriculum for regular kids in many school districts also leaves a lot to be desired. Okay so, let’s talk.
What’s a special education student parent supposed to do? If they keep their kids at home and teach them from there, will they really have the emotional ability to do this? Do they have the education in behavioral psychology necessary?
There may be a lot of doubt there, such this makes sense, however also consider this. Before special education at school, the toughest cases were taught by way of homeschooling from family members, at least enough for those young adults and children to get by in life. With the proper love, caring, and patience, the outcome was tolerable if not favorable.
Today, many special needs kids have parents how have now come to the realization or conclusion that the school system does not have the ability, money, or perseverance to help their child, so there is no other choice but homeschooling.
Okay so, might I suggest that if you are one of these parents that you should be leveraging technology to assist you? Did you know that autistic kid playing with computers and communicating with Avatars on the screen come out of their shells better, and learn faster than they do working one-on-one with teachers or in a setting with other special needs children?
It’s true, and there is a ton of research to back this up. If you will get involved with local autistic groups, and educational professionals you can learn more about this. I also suggest you go to Google Scholar and start looking up things like “Special Ed, autistic, avatars” or “learning disabilities, special ed, computer interface,” because once you learn about some of the scientific breakthroughs happening today, you will be less intimidated by the task ahead of you.
Even if you don’t have a special needs child, one with a severe learning disability or autism – you might pass this information on to someone you know who does, and you do know a family with these challenges, we all do. It’s time we start playing it smart because that would be the “most appropriate” thing we could do in special education right now. Please consider all this and think on it.