Inclusion and Special Needs Students

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Inclusion and Special Needs Students Should specials needs students be included in the general population? For example children with Autism, Down’s syndrome, Aspergers Syndrome, speech, medical and/or behavioral issues be with their ‘regular’ education classmates instead of being in just one classroom for all their academics? I say ‘regular’ because Usually there is two placements for special needs children one being inclusion the other self contained classrooms. In an inclusion class, or mainstream placement, your child will be in a regular education class with his age peers. In addition to the regular teacher, there will ideally be a special-education teacher whose job it is to adjust the curriculum to your child's abilities. Inclusion placements have the benefit of keeping children in the mainstream of school life with higher-achieving peers, but may not be able to provide the intensive help some students need (Mauro). Placement in a self-contained classroom means that your child will be removed from the general school population for all academic subjects to work in a small controlled setting with a special-education teacher. Students in a self-contained class may be working at all different academic levels, with different textbooks and different curricula. Self-contained classes offer structure, routine, and appropriate expectations, but some students may require a higher level of specialization (Mauro). In this subject I have a few years of experience. Starting off with my two younger brothers, Cameron and Caleb, both have special needs. Cameron having speech problems and Caleb being diagnosed with Autism, they have had assistance all through their school years, but have been in ‘regular education’. My other experience includes being a student aide in life skills room at a middle school for two years in high school and being employed with SCESD (South Coast
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