Teaching children with special needs is not an easy job. There are many resources that can help teachers work with this population but it may still be hard to find the right fit for every student. With this blog post, you’ll learn about seven effective teaching methods for students with special needs.
Developing a One-on-One Relationship with each Student
First, your classroom should be a place where students feel safe. Talk with your students about the room, its layout, and rules. The more comfortable they are, the more likely they will be open to learning new things.
Second, make sure you meet each student individually. Even if you’re teaching a class of 20 children with special needs, it’s important to spend time with each one individually.
This takes time and may not seem like it’s worth it at first. However, in the long-term it will pay off because they’ll feel more secure and won’t be as easily distracted if they know what you’re teaching them is relevant to them specifically.
Find Your Common Interests with the Kids
Find common ground between your students’ interests and yours. For example, if one of your students enjoys reading books on trains during their breaks or likes exploring nature outside during recesses, then incorporate these types of activities into your lessons. This will help them feel like they’re part of an authentic community rather than just a group of kids who get put through the same routine every day.
Make an effort to create a positive relationship that fosters trust by using positive reinforcement whenever possible for good behaviors from your students (i.e., high fives when someone follows directions).
Utilizing Visuals and Visuals Aids
One way to make learning easier for your students with special needs is to utilize visuals, which can help to emphasize key concepts.
If your students are struggling with a particular concept, using visuals will help them better understand the material. Using images and videos that are relevant to your lessons will also ensure that you’re able to teach in a more engaging way that’s more effective for your students.