Special Educators

A Special Educator is someone who works with children and youth who have a variety of disabilities. Children with special needs require unique instruction by specially trained professionals to help them achieve their highest potential and strive to progress beyond their limitations.

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KEY SKILLS

  • Patience 

  • High Emotional Quotient 

  • Passion for mental health care 

  • Communication skills 

  • Critical Thinking 

  • Problem Solving skills

  • Analytical skills to interpret test results

  • Interpersonal Skills

  • Organization

PROS

  • It is rewarding to make a difference in a person's life

  • Clients may be very interesting and from diverse backgrounds

  • Good salary in urban areas 

  • Extremely rewarding if therapy is successful 

  • Get to learn something everyday

CONS

  • It is an emotionally draining career because communication is very difficult

  • Education is a long and expensive process

  • Not a lot of people recognise that they (or their child) has special needs and may be weary to reach out for help

  • Parents of children with special needs may not understand their child and that can hamper the learning and therapy process

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Hospital/nursing home/with a pediatrician

  • Private Practice

  • NGO 

  • Research Centres 

  • Inclusive/Special Schools

  • Are passionate about working with children 

  • Have excellent communication skills

  • Have insights into the kind of care that eachcase needs

  • Interested in research

  • Can come up with creative solutions for unique problems

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Interesting Facts about the career

  • Special Education care dates back to the 1500's

  • In the mid-1500s Pedro Ponce de León succeeded in teaching deaf pupils in Spain to speak, read, and write

  • The correct terminology: the words "mental retardation" and "mental disabilty" are not accepted anymore. The correct words are, "intellectual disability" and "special needs"

  • Both in and outside of the community, there is a lot of debate on the merits and demits of exclusive schooling. Whether or not to teach children with special needs along with children who do not need special care, is a topic of much debate and discussion today

  • Children (and adults) with special needs react and communicate differently than others. Often they do not liked to be touched and must be taught how to do things kinesthetically

  • Today, people which special needs are actively sought to do clerical and mechanical tasks becuase they are so good at concentrating and repetitive tasks

  • Contrary to popular myth, vaccinating a young child does not cause Autism or ADHD


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