Special Educational Needs Services: Extending A Helping Hand

PRESS RELEASE – EDUCATION has evolved to ensure that educational services are accessible to all school aged students irrespective of ability. In the Caribbean region, special educational needs services are being offered at infant, primary and secondary school levels as well as at special schools to cater to the varying needs of students.

Special Education is the practice of educating students in a way that addresses their individual differences and needs. Common special needs include learning disabilities (such as dyslexia), communication disorders, emotional and behavioral disorders (such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD), physical disabilities (such as cerebral palsy), and developmental disabilities (such as autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability). Students with these kinds of special needs are likely to benefit from additional educational services such as different approaches to teaching, the use of technology and a specifically adapted teaching area or resource room.

Special Education Interventions are designed to help individuals with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self- sufficiency and success in school and their community. Parents, students and teachers need to embrace such initiatives and see them as means of improving the overall well-being of a child. Though one may not wish to be considered as requiring special support, the same needs to understand that it is only through intervention that there can be correction or compensation of a special educational need.

As we commence the 2018 – 2019 academic year I employ parents to work closely with educators. Parents are encouraged to reach out to the relevant authorities and seek assistance for their child if there are concerns about a special need. Let us all bear in mind that our education system aims to serve all our nation’s children but it is our responsibility to access available services.

By: ShermaCenac – Modeste
Special Educational Needs Teacher

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