Special education is tailored to meet the needs of students with disabilities. The services and supports one child receives may be very different from what another child receives. It’s all about individualization. What’s important is giving kids the resources they need to make progress in school. The basic goal of special education is to provide exceptional children with disabilities which will prevent them from fully benefiting from traditional educational approaches with specialized instruction and intervention sufficient to enable them to benefit from their education.
Many people have the misconception that special education is merely a watered-down version of regular education. This is understandable, but incorrect. In fact, the opposite is often true. Special education is in many ways more intensive than conventional education.
Special education differs from regular education in two ways:
• Different instructional methods are used, and
• Additional specialists (specialized teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, aides, social workers, etc.) are involved beyond regular classroom teachers. These professionals' specialized skills are matched to the specialized needs of identified children.
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