Education needs to be in inclusive formats and assessed wholistically

Early intervention is ideal, but can only occur if a referral is done at an early stage. This includes things such as assessing for dyslexia at an earlier age (so that the student is given the correct tools to become independent much earlier on). It could also be for something like a lack of auditory discrimination (to get to the bottom of why the child is not hearing it properly, or if they are hearing it but not able to process it sequentially). If the teacher thinks that there is something affecting the childs learning, then they should refer the child on for further investigation to find out what is causing them to fall behind. In the old days, schools were referring children who had hearing or eyesight problems, also dentists visited to check on their oral health and hygiene, however this also needs to be done for learning difficulties and other issues which need specialist help. Once the student has been assessed wholistically, they can then receive their education in formats that are inclusive of their individual needs. As an example, if a student were diagnosed with an eyesight condition, then it may be helpful to introduce them to a talking programme for the computer called a screen reader (such as the one that the NZ public libraries use called NVDA).

Why the contribution is important

Correct assessment and earlier intervention leads to better education outcomes and hence more choices for the student. It also assists the student to understand how they learn and which learning styles and formats are best suited to their needs.

by Gene on November 18, 2018 at 10:41PM

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