Children are in Special Education for many different reasons. Some children are truly unable to keep up with coursework in their regular classroom and need a program tailored to their ability level.
But there are many children in Special Education because the way they learn is vastly different from how traditional teaching approaches. These students appear to struggle with learning, but many children soar when they have access to learning resources designed for their learning strengths.
What Is hard for them & why they struggle
General education classrooms are led by teachers who are trained to teach using a widely-endorsed set of teaching tools. In addition, most teachers are left-brained and the way they teach reflects this. Obviously, what makes sense to me as a teacher is how I will teach my students. It can be a very disconcerting for a teacher to have a student who seems to speak a completely different language. We explain and explain, but the student just can’t seem to learn. Roughly one half of children don’t take in and process information the way we are used to teaching. For right-brained children, being taught in a left-brained fashion can make learning nearly impossible. Those who just can’t compensate and “translate” what they hear into a format they can understand end up in special education.
How we can help
The reason Child1st came to be was to design learning resources for non-traditional learners. All those children who struggle have different labels, but what unifies them all is the fact they are not left-brained, sequential, verbal learners. So what we do with all our products is take that left-brained, sequential material and we embed the abstract in pictures, explain it with stories that help children make sense of unknown concepts, and we create hands-on activities and full body movement that cements the learning in multiple regions of the brain.
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