The beauty of teaching is that it can ignite passion, set passion and create passion. This tripartite beauty of teaching is not exclusive for children with special needs in a general education setting.
Good teaching involves helping other pupils relate well with one another with or without a disability. However, in the case of a child with a special need, good teaching involves more of helping the child beat stigmatization, making others relate well with them and help boost their confidence in the classroom. It all involves encouraging and accepting children with special needs. Thus, they encourage participation, which leads to the acceptance of these children with special needs because it helps to boost confidence to perform in the classroom environment.
Educationists, teachers, and school owners have a lot to do in helping special needs children adapt well in the classroom environment. And this can be achieved by knowing the nature of the child’s disability, make sure other kids are showing sensitivity, involve the child in classroom discussion, and helping them to participate in physical activities. This really helps to show others they are capable of understanding class lessons and that they are capable of forming relationships.
Another step to encourage the acceptance of a special need child is to know the nature of the child’s disability. Understanding and knowing the child’s inept, would help him determine how to relate well with the child and effectively involve him in class duties and assignments or task. Doing this, the child’s esteem is developed. It also helps the child take a step away from dependency, and helps them grow into exceptional, socially-adjusted adults.
It is important to ensure that other kids are sensitive to the special needs child. Naturally, kids aside being caring can be naughty in their behaviour. One of the ways to encourage the acceptance of special needs children in the classroom is for the teacher to ensure that the pupils are sensitive to the needs of one another. Bullying, name-calling, mimicking and pranks should be frowned at because special needs children experience such daily from other children. Teachers must ensure that the children are treated similarly just as each people would love to be treated,
Making them participate is another way to encourage acceptance. Most children with special needs want to communicate and be actively involved during the class. Teachers should encourage them when they volunteer or even when they do not. This also helps minimizes negative peer interactions in and outside the classroom.
Lastly, children with physical difficulties often have trouble taking part in gaming activities. Therefore, during any class that requires physical participation, such as Gym or Music, teachers should identify ways for a child with special needs can participate.