Originally Posted by Dr. Swartz
3. If you could change the way we provide services to children with disabilities, what would you recommend?
If I could change the way services were provided for children with disabilities, I would recommend that the powers to be consider the inclusion model. I believe students would be served well with two teachers in the general education classroom, working together to serve a diverse population of children. Students would learn what's expected of them, to be able to participate in the real world. The sooner they learn, the greater chance of success they will have
For the system we serve today, I would like to have more than one para professional in the classroom because there is such a wide range of ability levels to address. Also, in my opinion, it would be beneficial for every special education teacher to be required to complete a training in positive behavior reinforcement. Personally, I’ve noticed a huge change in the attitudes of the students I assist, solely because I reinforce good behavior all day long. I would also recommend that districts hire more counselors and psychologists to relieve the enormous caseloads that these individuals experience. As a result, the students would have more of an opportunity to talk with a professional that could provide the perspective they are seeking. Furthermore, it would speed up the process of implementing specific services that the students need that requires the recommendation of a counselor or psychologist.