Then, that same student may go into a resource room to reinforce those same concepts or to work on other concepts that are needed, such as life skills.
That student may also be pulled out with other students to receive occupational therapy, physical therapy and/or speech/language therapy.
Other special needs students may be in a regular classroom the entire day with minimal assistance. The nice piece of an Individualized Education Plan, or IEP, is that it is designed to meet the needs of each child with special needs. The IEP is created to meet the needs of the student while preparing them for real life.
A team mentality is really needed in order to help these students.
Overall, the progress that we have observed in some students is amazing. We have students who were nonverbal and who are now initiating to interact with adults and other students.
We have had other students who have gone onto college and who have made the dean’s list.
Kathy Gilbert is director of special education for Springboro Community City Schools.