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Working with Students with Special Educational Needs – Revised

Improve your special education teaching methods with this free introductory special education needs course.

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This free online special education needs course is ideal for teachers of all backgrounds. Children with special needs have different requirements, especially when it comes to classroom learning. Having an in-depth understanding of educational psychology can help those in the field of special education to better fulfill their roles. This course will help you make your working day a little easier and more productive.





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Special education is a learning process that is tailored to meet the needs of students with disabilities. This course will teach you the core elements of special education, including the change in educational legalization in recent years with particular emphasis on legislation in the United States. The roles and responsibilities of teachers and trainers are also detailed in the lessons, along with the individual educational plan (IEP).

As a teacher or trainer, working with students with special needs requires specific skills and strategies to create and deliver effective programs. This course describes the most frequent disabilities encountered in the classroom which includes learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), intellectual disabilities, behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, and sensory impairments. You will learn key information about each of these disabilities as well as practical strategies on how to assist and teach students with these disabilities.

This free online course will be of great benefit to professionals in the education sector who would like to expand their knowledge and understanding of working with students with special education needs. It will also be useful to all students who are interested in helping children with learning disabilities and requiring special education. So, enrol in this Working with Students with Special Educational Needs course today, and learn the fundamentals of special education for your career advancement and personal fulfillment.

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Module 1: Introduction to Special Education

Module 2: Learning Disabilities

Module 3: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Module 4: Intellectual Disabilities

Module 5: Behavioural Disorders

Module 6: Physical Disabilities and Sensory Impairments

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamentals of special education.
  • Identify and describe the main types of disabilities encountered in the classroom.
  • Generate a basic individual education plan for a student with special educational needs.


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