Special Education Software Delivers Effective Results

Special education requires a little extra effort to ensure that students with certain limitations meet their full potential. In order to truly unlock a student’s true learning potential without ever making him/her feel limited in any way, there is a wide range of special education software which is available for use in schools around the world. However, it is important to note that there should be a careful consideration when selecting special software programs for students with special needs as it is commonly known that software is expensive, grants are limited and teachers only have a limited amount of time to study and incorporate these packages into their everyday teaching exercises.Therefore, when selecting special education software, there are certain questions that should be kept in mind before making a final decision:Will the education software do justice in meeting the individual needs of the student?Will the special education software be good enough to support the curriculum or education plan of student that has a learning disability?Will the special software help in facilitating the physical access needs of the student?The teacher concerned should go a little out of his/her comfort zone in collecting useful information about what kinds of software are available, what kind of software can be recommended in a similar situation and what are the training and technical implications, if any, that one may require to implement the program successfully in a classroom. One of the few things that will help a teacher make an informed decision when choosing a particular education software would be to actually see the program in operation in another school. This will help the teacher determine its effectiveness. In addition, teachers should also plan to review the use of the software regularly and to use it in the most effective way when teaching students.Special education software for use with students with special needs is divided into two main categories:Content-free softwareContent-rich softwareContent-free software enables a user to incorporate their own content which may include text, graphics, and sound. This particular category includes word processors, word prediction programs, presentation software, and multimedia authoring programs in addition to planning and organization software.On the other hand, content-rich software includes the following:Reinforcement Software which is also commonly referred to as Drill and PracticeThe use of Interactive Talking BooksExploratory or Simulation SoftwareReference and Information SoftwareStudy Skill SoftwareAssessment Software to evaluate a student’s progress

Special Education Resource – Simple Steps That Make a Big Difference in Special Education

The words “special education” makes most parents the little neck hairs go on edge. Who wants to be considered “special ed?” I know from experience the stigma attached to being the kid in “special ed.” Fortunately, I learned “special” techniques along the way!The first techniques I learned is one that every kid learns quickly and every adult perfects! It’s called follow your neighbors lead. Even thought I wouldn’t read, I was damn good at pretending to read! Many of my teachers had no idea in the beginning that I could not read at all. It was not until they asked me to read aloud that it was obvious I could not read. The first lesson was mirroring others. Which is a technique I do not recommend!The first techniques I learned in school actually hurt me in becoming successful rather than helping me! The second technique I learned is called copy your neighbor’s paper or otherwise known as cheating! I think we all have cheated?!! Again, cheating only delays the enviable, you are delaying your ability to truly learn what is being taught.The first two “special” techniques might get you or your kid by in school and life, but you will only have mediocrity in your life. To learning and overcome your challenges you must take life head on! You must learn how to deal with your personal shortcomings to figure out your problems.The more important lessons I learned that made the biggest impact on my life and educational career:- The rule of the brick wall:How do you build a brick wall? It’s obvious, one brick at a time. Brick by brick, day by day. You have to place each brick just right of the other bricks will not be set up correctly. The same is true in personal development. You have to develop yourself every day. You have to work on the small stuff every single day. One day it will come naturally. Matter of fact you might even start to take it for granted. However, know that last success comes from consistent improvement every single day!

6 Parenting Tips – How To Successfully Overcome Special Education Deceptions

Are you a parent of a special needs child who has been told things
that are not true about your child’s education, by disability
educators? Are you a parent who is afraid to stand up to the
deceptions? Would you like to learn six disability advocacy tips, for
standing up to some educators who are not truthful? This article will
teach you easy to use parenting tips to help you in your fight for
your child’s educational life. These tips along with knowledge ofthe
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) will help you in
your disability advocacy journey.I will give an example of a common lie that is heard by many parents,
and follow up with six tips.Lie: “I am sorry, we cannot give your child speech therapy, because
the category your child receives special education under is a learning
disability.” (Be sure that your child is tested in all areas of
suspected disability! Some school personnel deny services without even
testing the child, to see if the child needs services in a specific
area such as speech).Tip 1: Ask for, in writing, a copy of the state or federal law that
the school person is using to deny needed special education services.
(IDEA does not allow school districts to base services on labels, only
educational needs). For example: “Could you please show me, in
writing, the state or federal law that states that you have the right
to deny my child an educational service that they need.”Tip 2: If the disability educator made this statement in a verbal
conversation, as soon as possible after the conversation, write the
educator and quote what they said. Also, keep a copy. It may be
necessary to write the special education person a couple of times, to
get a response.Tip 3: Use the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to
strengthen your position. For Example: “IDEA states that the purpose
of the law is to ensure that all children with disabilities have
available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes
special education and RELATED SERVICES designed to meet their UNIQUE
NEEDS . . .Section 1400 Purposes.”Tip 4: Tell the disability educator, in writing, that since they are
not able to show you a state or federal law that states that your
child’s label determines service (it doesn’t), that you stand by your
position that your child needs speech therapy. Remember to be
assertively persistent! Also, use testing to prove that your child is
below age and grade equivalents to justify related services.Tip 5: Consider getting an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE),
for your child with a qualified person. In the above example, you
could take your child to a qualified Speech and Language Pathologist,
and have the child tested. Make sure they are willing to write a
detailed report to include recommendations.Tip 6: Send the independent evaluation report to school personnel, and
ask for an IEP meeting to discuss the evaluator’srecommendations. If
possible, have the evaluator participate by telephone.This article has given you six parenting tips that you can use to
successfully overcome disability educator’s deceptions. You have the
right to hold special educational personnel accountable for giving
false information. Good luck in your advocacy journey!