Accommodating students with special needs in general education classrooms
His mother, Kelly Koutsioukis, says Seph’s self-esteem and demeanor are so improved because of his new school arrangement that people ask if he still has autism.Seph can focus on his schoolwork because he isn’t scoping out the rest of his class when he should be concentrating, she says.Dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, visual perception disorders, auditory processing disorders, and language disorders fall under the umbrella of learning disorders.
In a world of budget cuts, staffing shortages and larger class sizes, understanding the laws that surround special education programs in U. schools is crucial to building an inclusive learning environment for every student — from those with physical and learning disabilities, to exceptionally gifted children, and every child in between.
The National Center for Education Statistics estimates roughly 70 percent of today’s students are enrolled in elementary or middle schools.
Included are severely disabled students, as well as those with mild to moderate language difficulties, hearing impairments, and cognitive or emotional disabilities that hinder learning.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act specifies that “any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, has any record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment” qualifies for a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
We (both teachers) really problem solve together and one of us always comes up with a good idea of how to get through to the students.”.