4 Special Education Therapy Options
By: Suzie Dalien, M.Ed.
The world of special education is vast, confusing and ultimately tough to navigate. The options available for children with special needs are seemingly limitless, but sometimes difficult to understand. Often times parents rely almost too much on the experiences of their friends and other acquaintances when attempting to locate answers and assistance for their child. While the feedback of others is important, it should only be viewed as an aide in your research to find the best option(s) for your child. Remember, every single child in this world is different and different forms of assistance work for some, and not so much for others.
Special Education Resource was created to help simplify the quest for information along with providing assistance for children through special education tutoring. We’ve written tons of different articles related to all aspects of special education. This article is designed to simplify the research process for parents and educators, by providing a list view of some of the various therapy options available with a link to the full article.
Here’s a list of some of the special education therapy options available for children with special needs, each having their own place in ensuring children with special needs reach their excellence.
Special Education Therapy
Therapy has been an option for millions of people longer than anyone can remember. In the world of special education, therapy can help with all sorts of needs from physical assistance, to helping calm behavior issues. Here are a few different types of therapy.
- Occupational And Physical Therapists –
- Occupational Therapists help children that struggle doing the little things. Self-skills most people take for granted such as sitting up, bathing, feeding and other aspects of life’s most basic necessities can sometimes be a struggle for children with special needs.
- Physical Therapists primarily focus on the treatment and rehabilitation of physical disorders. In most cases, physical therapists handle the diagnosis and treatment of any disorder requiring their services. Working with children of all ages, physical therapy can be a lifesaver for children who are often in constant physical pain caused by their physical disorder.
- (See related article; Occupational & Physical Therapists In Special Education)
- Animal Therapy –
- Animals have an incredible ability to bring a smile to anyone’s face, even when it seems almost impossible. A cuddly puppy can instantly change the mood of an entire room from negative chaos to positive focus! For children with special needs who may struggle relating to their peers, animals have proven to be a great first step in building social skills. From the family pet, petting zoos, and specially trained animals used specifically for children needing a little extra comfort, animal therapy is a great option to explore for your child.
- (See related article; Animal Therapy For Children With Special Needs)
- Music Therapy –
- Music therapy offers children with special needs an outlet for their frustration, ability to knock down barriers and help them overcome their learning obstacles. There are many forms of therapy available today for children with special needs. It’s important that parents understand all of them in order to make the best educated decision on what’s best for their child.
- (See related article; Music Therapy For Children With Special Needs)
- Art Therapy –
- There are many ways to help a child with special needs achieve greatness. As parent’s, it’s important to understand the different methods of therapy available today. This clarity will give you a better idea as to whether or not they would work for your child. In short, art therapy is an alternative method to help a child with special needs work through issues that are troubling to their development.
- (See related article; Art Therapy For Children With Special Needs)
Special Education Tutoring
Therapy of all types are wonderful options to help children work through the struggles and challenges of their lives. Primarily used as a way to assist in focus and help reduce behavior issues, therapy should be an avenue pursued by parents of children struggling in those areas.
If the primary concern is academics and the overwhelming drowning sensation felt in large classrooms, special education tutoring is an option to investigate as well.
Which ever option(s) you choose as a parent, it’s important to understand the resources available to children with special needs. Ultimately, it may be a combination of assistance programs and other aides that helps your child reach their excellence.
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