Choosing an Educational Path for Children With Cerebral Palsy

How a child receives his education is one of the most important choices a parent faces. For the parent of a child with cerebral palsy, the choices are no less important and can be very difficult. Like all parents, you want to place your child in an educational environment that will allow him to thrive and reach his or her greatest potential. Every child with cerebral palsy has different needs and abilities and deciding whether to place them in a special education environment, with specially trained instructors or a mainstream education program, where they might find more opportunities to learn how to function in mainstream culture. Either choice has its advantages and disadvantages.

MAINSTREAM

Mainstream doesn’t automatically mean “public school.” Private schools also offer mainstream education and environment.

If a child’s cerebral palsy is deemed “mild,” he or she will probably benefit from a mainstream environment. It can provide them with certain social skills and emotional growth they might not get elsewhere. So much of early education is about socialization and learning to interact with others. Proponents of placing children with mild cerebral palsy into mainstream educational systems suggest it benefits both the afflicted child (by giving them a stronger sense of daily routine and boasting their self-esteem) and the non-disabled child (who gains a stronger sense of empathy and inclusivity).

As mandated by law (IDEA – Individual with Disabilities Education Act), children who meet the requirements of “special needs” can and should develop an IEP (individualized education program) to ensure a child’s educational needs are met. IEP’s may include additional or alternative physical or speech therapy or other special considerations during certain classes. This can help keep them in the mainstream environment while seeing that they get the special attention they require. IEP’s can address both physical limitations as well as cognitive.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Children with more severe manifestations of cerebral palsy may not be able to thrive in a mainstream environment and may benefit from attending a special education school. Here they will work with a staff of education specialists trained to educate children with a variety of disabilities, not just cerebral palsy. In a special school program, each needs of each child is independently addressed and monitored, thus eliminating the fear that a mainstream school might move too fast for your child.

The lines between mainstream education and special education are not as harshly defined as they once were. Children who attend special schools often attend classes (such as art and music) at mainstream schools or attend mainstream school for the bulk of their courses and only attend special school classes in subjects they are struggling with.

In choosing an educational path that best fits the needs and abilities of your child, there are ample resources. Teachers, doctors and therapists are all available to work with you in bringing together the right components of the education your child needs and deserves.

Play School Education – A Good Option For Your Child

What is Play School Education?

Play School education is a part of Pre School education. Are you thinking it is the playground for your children? — If so, you get 50% idea about this system. Adding to your interest, this is a place where tiny kids learn a bit in a playful way. Learning basics of our education world like numbers and alphabets are taught to them using toys, puzzle boxes, pictures etc… to make their learning funny.

Required age to enroll your child in schools…

Yeah, there is not any age limit to enroll your baby in these schools. As a parent, you all are aware when your baby is ready to move into other places i.e. reaching to the age of two, your child can be able to go anywhere. But, every play school does not follow the same criteria. Suppose, your baby is not two years old by February and the school’s admission date opens in February, you have to wait for next season.
As Play schools take responsibility of your small tots, they want to follow the rule that they can manage. Nothing is to worry about this, if your child is smart, confident and easygoing, play schools will accept them without hesitance.

Why Play School Education is a necessity?

In this modern society & busy life, nourishing a child is not enough. Lack of time to spend with our children can be considered as a blunder. Children in this age love a circle to feel secured. Spending more time with parents or friends makes them more strong and confident. To relax the parents from these worries, Play school education has been started by some wits and learned child experts.

Play school education provides a better circle to your child to be socialized. Here, they find same age children that help them to become free and creative. Living in a friends circle, they found themselves competitive and a good follower.

Being a self-reliant and industrious, the children can touch the maturity level of their age. How they build themselves in this age that will help them making their future path easy.

What Play Schools hold the guidelines for your little ones?

Playschools are controlled by experienced wits who follow well guide lines to satisfy the parents. Trained teachers are associated in these schools. For a clever, smart and independent child, they have guidelines to provide him/her more opportunity to go ahead. For a shy, moody child, they try to get him/her socialized first. The first motto of this education is the improvement of your children. According to your child’s capability, they will be trained or taught to go one step ahead in their life.

Fine, what parents need more than the social, mental and educational development of their children from a Play school? So, it depends on the parents whether to choose Play School education or not. GOOD LUCK!

Thousands of Students Are Wrongly Labeled As Having Special Educational Needs

Schools only teach one way, until this can be changed certain children are always going to be labeled as special needs. Different learners are often labeled as having learning difficulties.

This report, from the UK, states that 25% of children labeled as in need of special education would not be so labeled if schools focused more on teaching all types of learners. I suspect that this result would apply to almost any education system where teachers have so many children in class that they cannot find time to accommodate to different learning styles. It would also apply where teachers are not trained in how to teach children with different learning styles.

Scary!

One parent, responding to the report, said that she had been told that her daughter was to be assessed as her teacher believes that she has special learning needs. However, her family, three of whom are teachers themselves, do not share this view. As the mother points out, there are 3 students in her daughter’s class and she wonders if this could be a contributing factor to the teacher’s inability to deal with her daughters learning style.

Another mother spoke of how she had to battle to get her son diagnosed as dyslexic, despite the fact that he was over three years behind in his school work. Then, once her son got the designation that would get him extra help form the school she was told that there was no teacher with the qualifications to help her son and that she had to find another school for him.

It can be hard to stop children being wrongly diagnosed as having a learning problem and it can be just as hard getting a child a diagnosis when you think he needs one.

It would be too easy to blame the teachers, I am sure that they are trying to do their best for the children concerned. But these situations could have been avoided if parents and teachers were working together to help children learn, if parents and teachers were sharing thoughts and ideas and understanding more about how children learn and how to give them the support they need.