Inclusive Education- the New Step for Special Education Strategies
“There is always space for change”
“Special education involves the practice of educating students in a way that addresses their individual needs and special needs”
Integrating child-friendly academic programs for special needs children has come a long way with many countries addressing the issues and the importance of practicing such steps. This process involves the careful planning of educational material to fit the needs of the students so they can experience the fun and comfortable space of learning. Special education includes learning disabilities and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, and many more. Building classrooms with interactive whiteboards, spaced classrooms, adapted teaching methods, and easy to use equipment makes the base of a special needs classroom. After all, every child has the right to education!
Nonetheless, special Needs Education is carried out in various forms and has been established separately by types of disabilities to ensure every child gets the attention and the correct delivery method of social skills.
Did you know that a differently-abled student requires much more of slower-paced learning exposure and in-depth monitoring? The answer is Yes! they do and that is the reason why most teachers and practitioners encourage parents to enroll the child into a “special education needs school”, but what has changed over time behind the topic of special needs will probably have set many to question HOW?
This is called the inclusive education space for learning.
What is inclusive education?
Inclusive education involves “one common space for all”, here all the children regardless of their different-abilities are put together in the same classroom environment. Here the ideology is that opening the classroom space to both the student groups will not only improve chances of creating awareness from a younger age but also to allow greater interaction and friendly educational experience to all the students, but it is important to keep in mind that this method is done after careful analysis of the child’s condition and cooperation levels with the surrounding.
Many countries have already started incorporating inclusive education into their systems, and remember successful inclusive education is born from an accepting, understanding, and positive mindsets of people together with teachers.
Here are some important facts about inclusive education that you didn’t know about;
⦁ Interaction in the classroom increases therefore differently-abled children are able to make friends and not feel left alone or that they belong somewhere different.
⦁ Trained teachers in the field and accepting parents make a very positive, much-needed stepping stone in creating awareness.
⦁ All the children can learn under one roof even with different academic exposure.
⦁ Differently-abled children are not limited to one scope of standard activities
⦁ Children learn general social skills together
⦁ Many studies have shown that differently-abled children perform well when included in the inclusive setting of education
⦁ External motivation and building of communication skills that will help them in the future.
Let’s get to know inclusive education in Sri Lanka
As a still-developing country, it is no doubt that the Sri Lankan education system has little or no change in sharing new aspects of fast pacing changes in education since less attention is given to individual student needs following the traditional methods of teaching, but at the same time we can say that special need education strategies are starting to gain attention
Muttiah Nimisha et al (2016), through a study snapshot study of special education in Sri Lanka, claimed that parents of the differently-abled children were much happier to follow inclusive educational methods than having to put their children in programs that were exclusively designed. The following study has covered three provinces- the western, northern, and southern regions. It was also observed that across all three provinces, 58.2% of children with disabilities were educated in regular government schools.
Furthermore, it is visible that Sri Lanka overall has taken its duty in combining the knowledge of education to all through their teacher training programs to ensure that academics standards are well-kept.
However, the question of how far it has been applied is an ongoing question.
Having a differently-abled child or teaching a differently-abled child should not be looked at as a rather abnormal situation. The breaking of social norms and stigmatization of special education needs and differently-abled children started within our mindsets. Every child has the right to education and every child has the right to experience the beauty of life. Happy children create the heart of all creations and It takes someone special to teach someone special.
EVERY STUDENT CAN LEARN JUST NOT THE SAME DAY OR IN THE SAME WAY!
“If you want to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world” -Elaine S. Dalton
So why are you waiting?