Tips for Working with Special Needs Students

Tips for working with special needs students

From an interview with Caitlin Smith

1. Be Patient- Things don’t always come naturally or easily to special needs students. They can take a lot longer to learn, so teachers need to be willing to work at the students’ pace. When teachers are patient with students, a learning environment is created.

2. Be Flexible and Adaptable- Use the learning opportunities that become available. Things that you have planned can change very quickly in a special needs environment. As teachers adapt their teaching to the current situation, students are able to learn regardless of the change in plans.

3. Care for students’ basic needs If children are uncomfortable, hungry or thirsty, they will be focused on those needs. Help them with the things they need help with because otherwise their capacity to learn will be decreased, and learning won’t be a priority.