Thursday, June 25, 2009
What’s it like to be a…..Special Education Pre-School Teacher?
What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?
I teach 8 preschoolers, aged 2-5, all with disabilities. They have a variety of disabilities, including autism, physical disabilities, speech impairment, genetic disorders, Down syndrome and others. The children come for half the day and participate in typical preschool activities, with some adaptations as needed. Each child has an IEP (Individualized Education Program), which the parents and I develop, to address problems in areas of development (social skills, communication skills, cognitive skills, gross and fine motor skills and adaptive skills). We work on their delays at school and then I do home visits in the afternoon, coaching parents and working with the children. Our classroom also has speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other specialists also working with the children. I have two assistants that help to carry out the program.