Childhood Special Education

Special Education Introduction

Special needs children are children who, due to significant medical, physical, cognitive, emotional, or learning issues, require different, usually more intensive accommodations from schools and learning environments than do typical children. For example, children with Dyslexia become easily lost and disoriented during regular class instruction because they don’t understand the letters and words as easily as their classmates. Children with Cerebral Palsy may need to use a wheelchair, as well as other assistive devices, to help them navigate school grounds. Children with ADHD can require extra organizational support with regard to note-taking, homework and testing. Without the presence of classroom accommodations designed to address each of these children’s special needs, they would likely fail to meet their academic potential.

Childhood Special Education — In The News
Preschoolers With Special Needs May Gain From 'Inclusion' Classrooms Jul 31, 2014

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Preschoolers with special needs benefit from going to school with children who have strong language skills, according to a new study. Classmates with higher-level language abilities promote language growth in children with disabilities, researchers found. On the other hand, development of language could... Read More


Weblog Entries
OCD And Homeschooling Oct 8, 2012

After reading many of John Holt’s books in college and subsequently working with him in Boston, I became committed to the homeschooling movement. This was in the mid 70’... Read More


Kids With Disabilities Want To Be Included Dec 12, 2011

Robbie was a 15 year-old high school youngster. He was in a special education class for the severely disabled. Robbie had Cerebral Palsy. Despite his crippling disability, he had an... Read More