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Australian Federation of Specialised Education - Learning and Growing Values

Strategies for Managing Children with Special Needs

Children can be challenging to care for and teach. Children with special needs are even harder.

baby-84626_1920From Asperger’s syndrome to conditions that are less well-defined, educators and parents alike can find themselves confounded by a special needs child. There are many ways of handling these kids. There are education courses that can cover this knowledge.

What isn’t always readily apparent is how not just to educate them, but to make them shine.

For an ordinary child, some good advice and a little encouragement can go a long way. Giving them a bit of instruction can open up opportunities for them. A direct approach like this doesn’t necessarily work well for some kids, though. You have to get creative.

The first tactic is to discover where the student’s strength lies.

Take the time to learn about the students. Look at their files and the notes from previous teachers. Talk to the parts. Ask the students what they’re interested in, what they feel comfortable with – and what they’re bad at, as well.

One option you can take is to provide a different angle.

A child who hates music because they can’t understand it might just be having trouble with the instruments. Give them a music program to tinker with and see what happens.

Keep in mind that a new perspective isn’t always the solution. However, doing this can help you confirm whether a kid feels disinclined towards something, or merely has trouble engaging with it “traditionally.”

Develop a strategy that builds on the high points of your students.

If a student is having trouble grasping place value, but understands knitting, factor that in. Maybe you can have them design a piece of fabric art in rows of ten. You’ll need creativity for this, but this isn’t impossible.

Technology is your friend. Some technologies and software can help in your goals.

Dragon Naturally Speaking is an excellent speech to text program for those kids that just aren’t good at the written form of the language but can talk your ears off. Apps that synthesise voices can play for kids that have trouble speaking but have ideas they want to express.

Technology can be a huge help. Some apps and tools can overcome problems that would have been insurmountable years ago.

Learning, as we are learning, hinges a lot on relationships. Use social networks to help yourself and your students!

A graphic representation of a student’s peer network, complete with strong and weak relationships, can be useful. Pair the students based on strong positive relationships, so they work together better. Gauge which students are strongest in which areas to facilitate peer-teaching.

Be sure to be observant, so you can notice the bonds forming.

Students with particular conditions tend to have trouble picturing their futures. Counteract that!

Help them envision themselves in future careers. Spot their strengths and factor in their particular needs, so you can point them in a direction that will suit them.

A child that shows obsessive-compulsive tendencies might enjoy a career in something that focuses on the minute, easily-missed details. A student that has a talent for art could make a career of himself as an artist or designer.

Finally, consider making changes in the classroom to accommodate specific needs.

Add some open space for an ADHD child who needs to move around to learn. A small puppet theatre for a Downs Syndrome student who likes to mimic others can be a great help.

Embrace the differences and adapt to them, rather than expecting the kids to adjust to you.

There are still those who are confused with what special education is and how it can help kids and parents. In order to make the explanation easier, here’s a short video explaining what special education is and how important it is for kids with special needs.

Communication is Key

Without communication in today’s world, you truly have nothing, as your words shape your reality. Whether managing in individual, business or another part of your life, openness is of the utmost importance for send as well as all the more essentially get messages and discussion.

AFSE place extraordinary accentuation into the greater part of our training on correspondence and the force that it has. We educate the estimation of correspondence in a way that does not make control strategies or approaches to decipher; rather we utilize communication as an instrument to tune in, to get what is said.

AFSE are as of now during the time spent adding to a correspondence course educational programs devoted to instructing exclusively about correspondence and spreading it around the world.


If there is one thing that stands out for us most here at AFSE, it is that communication is absolute key. Without communication, you really have nothing, as your words shape your world.

Whether dealing in personal, business or other aspect of your life, communication is key to not only send but more importantly receive messages and conversation.

We place great emphasis into all of our education on communication and the power that it possesses. We teach the value of communication in a way that does not create manipulation tactics or ways to interpret, instead we use communication as a tool to listen, to get what is said, and to be able to portray communication back with presence in your words.

AFSE are currently in the process of developing a communication course curriculum dedicated to teaching solely about communication, vs it being within the existing special education. We strongly look forward to developing this out and beginning to teach people some true values that they can apply to all areas of life with some serious access to power.

Stay tuned.

Australian Qualification Framework

The Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) holds strong relation to Specialized education.

Each Australian Qualification Framework, qualification type, includes set requirements for the overall construction of Australian Qualification Framework qualifications.

These include: The levels of criteria, the qualification type description and information that relates to the responsibilities of developers, authorities and organisations. AQF qualifications make sure of national recognition, that expresses a shared level of common understanding across Australia.

An example of specialized education and a AQF qualification in the field of child care is: “Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care”.

As you can see. This qualification includes the level of education (Level III), the type of qualification (Certificate III) and the description of area/industry (Early Childhood Education and Care).

Specialized training institutes educate people with set teachings in order to qualify people for these qualifications. Often these are Registered Training Organisations (RTO) working in conjunction with trainers and assessors. click on the link to see an example from Melbourne in the industry of child care.

Specialized Education

Specialized education is defined by ‘My Brain’ as:

“The practice of educating people with specific or specialized knowledge and intellectual understanding related to a series of life areas/engagements/requirements”

For example: To become a Vet (Veterinarian) you need to have speciliazed education to teach you how to work with and treat animals effectively. Specialized education can come from many streams including university, online and offline courses, practices and more.

Special Education

Special education as defined by Wikipedia is:

‘The practice of educating (refer to previous post for definition) students with special needs, in an effective way which addresses any/all of their individual needs and/or differences”

In essence. Special education is educating those with individual needs by different means of practice


The definition of education (according to dictionary.com) is:

the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge,developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.”

In other words education is: A process of learning that develops human beings to be equipped with knowledge, intellectual ability and reasoning.

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