Appreciating, ‘Special Needs Children’

“Special needs children” whom I rather refer to as, ‘Special Ability Children’ are those with a variety of unique disabilities and abilities and are placed in classes designed to increase their opportunities for learning. Among the abilities and disabilities are such things as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism/Asperger, various learning disabilities, mental illnesses, physical abnormalities and children with limited intellectual capacity.

The classes in which these children are placed in are led by special trained teachers in dealing with these types of children. However, in order to minimize the stigma of being in a separate type of class, these children are often main streamed into classes for average children.

One of the hall marks of many of these children is difficulty controlling them-selves. Many autistic and hyperactive children move around a lot and find it difficult to focus their attention on tasks that may seem irrelevant. As a result, teachers find these kids to be very disruptive whether they are in a main streamed or special education class.  With this in mind if a teacher is not specially trained to handle such a child negative remarks may breathe down upon that child, such as; ‘That child is rude, that child is disobedient, that child doesn’t listen, that child needs to be punished or spanked.’  No, that child is just functioning at his or her pace, understanding things according to how his brain functions.  That child is not rude or disruptive.  They learn differently and as such their learning environment must be different or their feelings may be hurt by rude and negative remarks.

It can be daunting as well, for example, one child was held down by the teacher, finally died of suffocation. Other children are handcuffed, placed in restraints, exiled to time out rooms for hours at a time and ridiculed by their adult supervisors. The time out rooms were meant to serve as a place where a child can get some respite for a brief period while they regain self- control. Instead, they are being locked into the room for several hours at a time.  That is harsh for children who are innocent and really don’t know how to act in what we refer to as a normal way.

Amazingly, the laws surrounding these issues are not strongly mandated and as such many teachers and students whom are to be blamed for behaviors of such are left unnoticed..

My Opinion

Every teacher should receive the necessary training to handle all types of special abilities children.  With this being done, there will be no room for inappropriate methods of punishments and training.

These children need love and the mild cases need to be associated with what we refer to as normal children so they may develop and learn the ways of social norm and cognitively improve on their understanding of what must and must not be.  For example many geniuses are autistic but don’t understand how to be around others in social settings, as a result they need to be around normal children because I believe children learn from each other.

This is a matter of deep concern to any parent of a special needs child. It should be a matter of concern to every person. There needs to be a huge public out-cry against this problem.  It is Child’s month, Special Ability Children must be, “Encouraged, Enabled, Included.”

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