How to identify a special needs student.
Get to know the students :
How to identify a special needs student. Get to know the students :
- Talk to the previous teacher on the students' performance and behaviour.
- Create an initial parent contacts database and provide a quick survey on their children's personalities
- On the first day of school, give a survey on the students' interests and learning styles.
Assess the students classroom performance: Is the student performing significantly below average in the class?
Discuss the situation with the parents and other co-teachers who have the child in their classes to find out underlying reasons for the sub-par performance.
Is the child's performance affected by the school's environment and other factors? (such as lengthy absenteeism because of sickness, a new difficult curriculum, recent family conflicts, etc.)
Continue to observe the student, and;
Simmons, D. January 2016. Supporting Students Who Are Often Absent. Retrieved from https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/supporting-students-who-are-often-absent
- If the student had a lengthy absenteeism due to sickness:
a. provide remedial classes
b. Keep a catch-up binder for the materials used in the class.
c. If possible, reteach through
- If the curriculum is too difficult for the student:
a. Provide activities with different levels of difficulty and different topics related to the students interests,
b. Enhance the learning experience through the use of different learning stations with different targeted senses.
- If it is due to recent family conflicts:
a. talk to parents about their child's welfare
Are there significant discrepancies on the child's performance in their developmental domains (language, cognitive ability, social skills, gross and fine motor abilities) as compared to their peers?