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What does it take to be successful when teaching students who have Special needs It takes patience and professionalism consistency caring and a sense of humor There is not doubt about it special needs students can be frustrating infuriating rude disrespectful and even dangerous That is why it is important to be patient and professional when working with them Teachers must always keep in mind why the students acts that way Teachers do not need to take verbal attacks personally but realize that they respect authority and that a special needs student may not Teachers must win special needs childrens trust over time and it will take a lot of time It is very important to be consistent with special needs children and to create a predictable environment for them Structure is very important to them because their out-of-school environment is usually very chaotic When the teacher creates a predictable structured environment the special needs students can relax An anonymous teacher once said The systems are useful for keeping records and helping students see their behavioral progress but that it meant nothing unless the teacher could hook the student She meant that all the techniques in the world would never really work unless the teacher cares about and believes in the student Also the student must care about believe in and trust the teacher If this kind of relationship can be establishes real behavioral change can take place One of the greatest gifts we have is the ability to laugh at ourselves Most problems in the special needs classroom can be avoided through humor If the special needs teacher has a good sense of humor heshe can teach the students to laugh at the situations that happen in life instead of taking things so seriously Teachers have a real opportunity to make changes in students lives Teachers often can have more influence on then than any other adult
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