Teaching Supplies for Special Needs Children
Special needs curriculum must take into account the students’ wide variety of learning styles and abilities. Presenting educational material in many different ways is essential to helping the special needs student learn.
Assignments should be clearly presented both verbally and visually on the blackboard. In addition, most lessons should incorporate a hands-on activity, where the students can express themselves while learning the subject matter. This covers the bases for auditory, visual and kinetic learners, as well as provides extra instruction for those special needs students who learn best through a combination of methods.
Because the students in a special needs classroom have dramatically differing work paces, providing ample learning centers for students to choose from once the main assignment is complete will keep them from disturbing other students who need a little extra time. Learning centers should include manipulatives and hands-on materials related to the main lesson.
Using games is also a good way to teach subjects to special needs students. A student who struggles to learn and understand concepts will be much more receptive to lessons and assignments that they perceive as being fun. Successful educational games encourage students to learn without realizing it! Keep the games and activities simple and short so slower learners can get the most out of them and feel a sense of accomplishment.