Being a teacher to children can be both a difficult endeavor as well as a huge responsibility considering that you are charged with helping to shape the next generation. This is never more true than when you are dealing with children who have special needs, where the difficulties that come with teaching can be greatly magnified by a host of problems.
Children with special needs may not only feel themselves dragged down by the their developmental difficulties, but also by the negative self-perception they can develop from the poor treatment they may receive from peers or, sometimes, even their own family. One of your roles as a teacher is to help mitigate these issues by thoughtfully devising a development plan to be followed by children that is challenging, but not so overwhelming as to discourage them.
It is important to stress that children with special needs are no less than other children and that they are simply a little bit different! We are all different from each other aren’t we?