Special-needs education is the practice of educating students in a way that addresses their individual differences and special needs. This process involves the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of teaching procedures, adapted equipment and materials, and accessible settings. These interventions are designed to help individuals with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and in their community, which may not be available if the student were only given access to a typical classroom education.
VDJS Special Education Needs department have a well-laid operating procedure which includes:
Screening and Identification
- Standardized inventory/tests are used to identify students with learning disability.
- A part of tests, Aptitude Test, is administered to all the new students, as school policy, at the beginning of the year, to screen for LD.
- The students, who score below the level that is appropriate for their age on the screening test, are tested further for reading, comprehension, and mathematical ability. They may further be referred to Clinical Psychologist for LD Tests & certification.
Learning Disability Certification
- The students need to be certified by a body authorized by CBSE.
- Learning Disability Assessment by an authorized body helps diagnose, very clearly, the exact nature of learning disability, i.e. whether it is Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, etc.
- Certification helps the students avail provisions and accommodations provided by CBSE to individuals diagnosed with any form of a learning disability.
Provisions and Accomodations
- The CBSE provides the accommodations and provisions to students diagnosed with learning disability, eg. extra time for writing during examinations, scribe, option of subjects, etc.
- Students having learning difficulties get relaxation in choice of subjects in class IX and X and are exempted from studying 3rd Language in Middle School.
- Once identified, remedial classes are scheduled for the students with LD during their
regular classes through parallel classes or during prep time, as per requirement.
- Teachers refer specific learning difficulties/disabilities or slow learners to Special Educator and seek support in teaching methods.
- Students select teachers of their choice for remedials or additional support.
Individualised Educational Plans
- The Special Educator designs individual educational plans (IEPs) for each student, according to their needs.
- IEPs are prepared on the basis of the learning style (auditory, visual, kinaesthetic) of the student.
- Every Mentor Teacher provides emotional support, monitor overall progress of every assigned student.
Reintegration in the Mainstream
- The aim of early identification and providing intensive remediation to the child with LD is to re-integrate the student into mainstream at the earliest possible.