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Monday, April 25, 2011

On Being a Special Education Teacher: The IEP


An IEP, Individualized Education Program, is essential for a child with special needs. The Sped teacher, preferably in collaboration with other experts in the field, should make an IEP tailor-fit to the concerned child's needs.

For a child who does not have an IEP yet, it is best to focus on the ADL or Activities of Daily Living, self-help tasks to make him/her less dependent on the parents, guardian, or caretaker.

 The IEP that I made for a child who had developmental delay was personally implemented and indeed, I saw dramatic changes in him. Even one single change, no matter how small, is very fulfilling enough for a Sped teacher like me.                          --ARV

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