Special needs children are rejected by: Other Children- They get bullied and teased. Community- some employers don’t want to hire them due to their disability, but have to it is the law. Family Members- some family members feel embarrassed because of their strange behavior.
Siblings feel left out Siblings feel jealous because too much attention is given to the child with special needs. Parental roles are given to the child with out special needs. Siblings feel embarrassed of their siblings behavior.
Divorce “80% of marriages end in divorce due to strain of raising a special needs child. Marriage in itself is difficult when everything is going about its “normal” course. But when you are raising a disabled child, there is a different dynamic involved that can cause added strain to your relationship”.
Divorce dynamic There is resentment for the attention the other parent pays to the child .The additional needs of a child with autism often puts all focus and time on that child to the neglect of the marital relationship. The cost of treatment can put financial strain on a household and marriage.
How should Educators Respond? Work cooperatively and collaborate with special education teachers. Integrate learning styles of all students. Be creative in your teaching. Have students work cooperatively in groups. Have students interact and work with all students regardless of their disabilities or differences. Teach your students about acceptance/tolerance. Students need to understand that we are all different, but we are alike in that we have feelings.
How Should Educators Respond Part 2 Work closely with parents. “In order to meet students needs we need to develop good working relationships with parents. Parents are a valuable source of information. Parents can inform you about their child’s characteristics, abilities, and needs of their children; they can be helpful in securing the necessary services for their children”. You can also help them get the necessary resources for the family. Ex. Refer them to counseling or programs in the community that may benefit the whole family. Invite parents into the classroom. Let them interact with their child and children in the classroom. You can also have parents simply come to the classroom and red book.
Resources East Los Angeles Regional Center-They provide services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Individuals are assigned a service provider . They gather information and conduct assessments about the individual with developmental disabilities to identify services and supports for the Individual Program Plan (IPP)/Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). Using person centered strategies, the team identifies the individual’s life goals, capabilities, strengths, preferences, barriers and challenges while taking into consideration the person’s interests, hopes, dreams, likes, dislikes, as it relates to community, living, employment, leisure etc. http://vimeo.com/5809187
Resources part 2 Regional center services: Social/Recreational, medical ,and dental Easter Seals: provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. WAPDH