Patricia Scheffler wrote:
Respond to the statement, “it is imperative that ALL
early childhood teachers understand and are able to provide individualized
instruction to young children with special needs.”
It is incredibly important for all early childhood educators to know how to provide individualized instruction to young children with special needs. I mean, quite honestly it’s important for an early educator to know how to provide individualized instruction for ALL children, not just those with special needs because each child has their own strengths and weaknesses. Prior to this quote, the article had mentioned that children that receive special needs services, only receive a special education professional for a few hours each week. This leaves a whole lot of time where the teacher has to meet those needs of that child. Though, if there is a situation where a child with special needs is in an inclusive classroom environment (and it’s not a pull-out service) the teacher should still try to meet the needs of that individual even with the presence of a wrap-around. I think the wrap-arounds should be used as additional help, not help that replaces the teacher.