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Some students are fast learners, some learn at a moderate pace, and there are those who have learning disabilities. According to the LDA (Learning Disabilities Association of America), learning disabilities are due to genetic and/or neurobiological factors that alter brain functioning in a manner which affects one or more cognitive processes related to learning. These processing problems can interfere with learning basic skills such as reading, writing and/or math. Students that have a different set of learning needs, which have to be fulfilled by a different type of curriculum taught by specially trained teachers. This is where special education comes in.
Special education is for kids with disabilities like autism, deafness, blindness, ADHD, dyslexia, and many others. Special Education instructors are trained on how to effectively facilitate learning for kids with learning disabilities. It’s a very distinct set of skills from traditional methods of teaching. For instance, lesson plans for special education classes need to account for the unique physical, mental, and social needs of children with learning disabilities. In other words, it’s not just about the content of the lessons; it also has a lot to do with how the content is delivered. For special students, delivery matters a lot.
To catch a glimpse of what special education is all about, there are a few videos from Teachertube.com that show this. One is “Special Education,” and this focuses on a technique known as play-based learning. When lessons are more fun, everyone learns better. There are also videos like “Hour of Code: STEM in Special Education.” Here, the video discusses how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects can be taught to students with learning disabilities.