Special Education

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Coming into Introduction to Exceptional Children, I was not sure what to expect. The thought of becoming a special education teacher was always on my mind, but it was rather overwhelming. I was afraid that I wasn’t “cut out” for the job and I knew that it would be hard work. As the class progressed through the weeks, I started to have different thoughts about the special education profession. I began to notice that, despite what I thought earlier, this was something that I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

There are so many aspects of special education that I never considered until this class. One of the most astonishing things that I realized was how many laws there were to protect children with disabilities and to allow them to have an equal education. When I studied all of the components of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, I was fascinated. It made me think about my high school experience and about the students who had disabilities. The least restrictive environment was something that immediately came to mind. Sometimes, I found myself becoming frustrated in class when there was a child with a disability in it as well. The teacher would often have to repeat things multiple times and take the time to explain everything thoroughly. Most of the time, I would get upset because I felt like the teacher slowing my learning down. This class made me realize that, although it may not be to my best interest, children with special needs must be educated with students without disabilities in order to follow IDEA.

One thing that I never took into consideration was that special education does not just cover students who suffer from mental disabilities. In this class, I learned that special education was much more. There are so many physical and behavioral disabilities that never came across my mind. I really enjoyed the parent panel that came into class in one of the earlier months. The women were able to enlighten everyone with...
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