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Children with special needs and learning differences do have to fight big battles every day. They are trying to relate to a world which often does not make any allowances for their differences. A world where they are seen as strange and not accepted.

They struggle to engage with the lessons that are presented to them in the classroom. Their learning styles or best way of accessing the material may not be taken into consideration.

The pace at which the material is presented may be too fast and not repeated enough for them to be able to process it.

They may have sensory needs and sensitivities that are impacted. They can be distracted by a noisy classroom or the noise itself can be painful for sensitive ears.

They may struggle to answer questions when called upon because it takes them a longer time to formulate their response.

They may prefer to work alone but are often required to work in groups where there are demands for social skills that they lack, and with other children who are more naturally adept in group interactions.

They may need down time, sensory breaks, and just plain time alone to regroup, recharge, and not be given those breaks.

With all the stresses that are not understood by others, kids can start acting out and have meltdowns. Their behaviors are not understood or easily tolerated by the other kids and the teacher. So that causes them to stand out again as different or strange.

The IEP report stated ” He comes to school every day with a smile on his face and ready to work.”

That is what I call bravery.

11 thoughts on “Bravery

  1. Dan Antion

    Thanks for a very important post Deborah. I wish we knew better how to help these children. I at least wish we could figure out how not to make matters worse for them. Our schools don’t seem to understand.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Thanks Dan. We do know some things that help like Universal Design and Co-teaching which is where Special Education teachers work with General Education teachers. Some schools are better than others at this. The Common Core Curriculum pressures have not made things easier either.

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      1. Dan Antion

        Our local school system is moving toward a competency-based grading system which relies heavily on self-assessment. I worry that these kids will have more opportunities to slip between the lines.

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  2. herheadache

    All children are different and don’t learn the same way. It’s sad to see when any struggle to keep up.
    I was a visually impaired student, in need of an IEP and for some allowances to be made for me in the classroom. Luckily I received a lot of assistance and I survived, but it wasn’t always easy.
    My parents were amazing and advocated for me the entire time and I had good people fighting for me and teaching me, for the most part.
    Great that you took the time here to write a post about this.




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