Special needs educators play an important role

Special needs educators play an important role

The role of a special needs educator is a challenging but rewarding one to fill. The people who become special needs educators must overcome a great deal of personal challenges as well as the challenges of the job in order to ensure their students are living up to the best of their abilities. 

These challenges come from needing to personalise education plans, and ensuring each and every student learns in the manner that is best suited to them for them to develop and progress. There are many different kinds of learning disorders that their students may have, and the special needs educators must find some way to accommodate this for the child’s benefit. This requires a high degree of dedication, training, and care; with demand steadily growing for schools and educators.

While students in general need plenty of care and attention from their teachers, children with special needs are most benefited by educators whose personality traits enhance their learning process. Ensuring appropriate supports and interventions are made available to the student in order to improve their academic and intellectual growth, as well as being able to function in a social, emotional and behavioural capacities. Special needs educator face challenges, but at the same time, find great reward and satisfaction in their careers and nothing beats seeing the difference made in the lives of their students with special educational needs.

The role of the special needs educator is an important one that requires patience, dedication, empathy, and a lot of learning from and for your students. As well, the ability to properly diagnose children is especially important. For example, is this a sign of a child with a disorder or are they just being playful?

  • Perpetually climbing on things
  • Does not follow simple instructions or directions
  • Fidgeting
  • Avoidance of tasks that take some time to complete
  • Difficulty paying attention

The nuances in behaviour become important as the education plan you put together will be developed to suit that particular child’s needs.

Join us at College of Allied Educators to see how you can develop an understanding of the different types of exceptional children, their needs, and the different special needs programmes and specialties that are available to you, for them.

CAE’s 12-month Advanced Diploma in Special Education course trains educators and parents in the identification, diagnosis and treatment of these needs and the basic principles and practices of effective teaching and learning. The programme is highly practice-oriented to ensure that what you learn in class can be applied to children with special needs under your charge.

CAE’s Diploma in Learning Disorders Management & Child Psychology programme is designed specifically to train potential teachers, parents and caregivers to identify, detect and support children with special needs, such as Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyspraxia, and Dyslexia.


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