A Special Career



With an increasing awareness about educating children with special needs, the demand for special educators is on the rise.

What’s this career about?

Special educators are trained in providing care and education to children with three major segments of disabilities, namely, Learning Disability (LD), Mental Retardation (MR) or Intellectual Disability (ID) and Visual Impairment (VI). They help children optimise their strengths and minimise their limitations.

What does a special educator do?

- Based on the disability of the students, special education teachers teach them sign language, lip reading, motor skills and likewise, one-on-one or in a group set-up.

- They use play methods and udio-visual material to stimulate interest in learning.

- Often, they experiment with different types of teaching techniques to identify the one that suits a particular child. Sometimes, they even develop new techniques to help the child.

- Their role extends to encouraging the family and community to reduce barriers in the way of the child’s effort to live life independently.

- Special educators work hand-in-hand with other teachers, social workers, social psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, and school administrators to ensure the well-being of their students.



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How do I reach there?

You can pursue a Bachelor’s in Education/Special Education. Post your graduation, you can further pursue a Diploma Programme in Early Childhood/Special Education or a Masters in Special Education.

This is a passion-driven profession and one should not expect quick results. Patience and compassion are, therefore, a prerequisite.

Excerpts from The Teenager Today – Articles by Dr. Vibha Gupta
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