For a Special Needs Child
When a child has a disability, the right school can help to maximize his or her full potential.
Choosing an educational path for a child with special needs is challenging for many reasons, including:
â€¢ The grieving process. Parents often have to process the news of their childâ€™s disability while immediately finding the resources to start helping
him or her. â€œOne of the hardest things about having a kid with a disability is thereâ€™s no time to waste.â€
â€¢ The choices. For any given disability, there are â€œ101 techniques that could help.â€
A few tips to keep in mind:
â€¢ Look for a school that focuses on educating parents as well as children. The school should be dedicated to providing support and resources to help parents help their kids.
â€¢ Consider whether the school looks at the child from a deficit model or an asset model. â€œItâ€™s easy to pinpoint what remediation needs to happen, but isnâ€™t it wonderful when a school environment can say, â€˜Weâ€™re going to build on your strengths.â€™â€
â€¢ Look at teacher certifications. This is especially important for those working with special needs children.
â€¢ Go with your gut. Spend time â€” preferably multiple visits â€” observing the school in action both before and after your child enrolls. Does it feel right to you? â€œParents are amazing people. They know whatâ€™s best for their child.â€