It is both exciting and daunting when new special educators enter your district. You may be wondering how to get started. The first thing new special educators need to do is connect with their students. That means understanding the impact of disabilities. Here is an easy guide to help new special educators connect with their students.
Understanding the cognitive impacts helps new teachers connect with their students so they can
- provide truly individualized instruction
- avoid negative behaviors due to instructional mismatches
- experience short term wins to build their confidence
- learn to address impacts when writing IEPS
Understanding the impact can be difficult. So, we adapted this analogy from the book Essentials of the WISC-V Assessment by Flanagan and Alfonso. New teachers find it really helpful. In the next 5 posts, we will share the impacts and instructional strategies for each cognitive challenge. If you would like to receive them all in a pdf, just click right here to download the whole guide for free. It can be used as a training presentation as well!
Now you can begin to help new special educators connect with their students!