Schools?

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  1. peaches9686

    peaches9686 Rookie

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    Do any of you work at self contained special ed schools such as a private or therapeutic school?

    What is the difference between what is done at a private school vs a public school spec. ed program?

    How do you create your curriculum?

    Sorry for all the questions!!
     
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  3. clarnet73

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    peaches, I don't currently, but I used to be an assistant at a "non-public theraputic day school for students with autism"

    The biggest difference I see between what we did there and what I do now is that they have more specialists specifically for children with those particular needs. My district shares an OT between all the schools, so, although she's available by email quite often, she's really only "Available" when she's scheduled to be in your room/with thos kids. There, although our kids had scheduled times as well, they got a lot MORE therapy and the therapists were more available if needed to help manage a situation (1 OT and 3 OTA's for 30 kids... 2 music theapists and 2 interns... 4 SLP's... etc).

    Basically the other diference is that I was bound by a lot less policy "this isn't how we do it" working there... on the other hand, my kids didn't have exposure to typical kids, which many of them needed (they did phase in inclusion on a per-child basis as appropriate)... but here i have assemblies, all-school activities, etc that, while appropriate for the "typical" kids, aren't necessarily appropriate for my kids. My school allows me the flexibility to skip events if they aren't appropriate, not all school accept that.

    We're outplacing one of my kids next year to a school developed for kids w/ special needs, and a program specifically designed for kids with autism... they're really able to provide for him SO much more support than I can give within the public school setting... most therapy time, a wider variety of theapies, and more specialists (I have to schedule an AT consult weeks or months in advance, they have one on site).

    CUrriculum, I would guess, would vary greatly from school to school. At the one I worked at, we used a HUGE variety of things, tailored for each child because what each kid needed was very different... but, in conjunction (sometimes) with the kid's home school district, the teachers were able to pick their own curriculum materials, as long as we were able to show that we cover the standards (portfolio-based alternative assessments were the norm for kids of standardized-testing age).

    I don't know if that answered your question or not :)
     
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    Thank you for your reply! I'm interviewing at Therapeutic Day Schools right now. I really like them but I have never worked in a spec. ed classroom in a public school.

    It seems that private schools meet the needs of children that sometimes cannot be met at a public school.

    Anyway thank you for the reply! You definitely helped!
     
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    peaches, I completely agree with that line that they often meet the needs of kids that sometimes can't be met in their neighborhood school. Nothing is the right fit for EVERY kid, but it's definately right for particular kids ;)
     
  6. I teach kids

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    Hi Peaches,
    I have taught in both a special education school (part of the public school system) and am currently a self-contained special education K-2 teacher in a regular public school. The differences, in my opinion, are major! A special education school will have therapists to work with your staff all day, every day. Special adaptive equipment is on hand. One of the most important aspects of a special school is that you aren't running solo! You have peers that understand what you do all day. They "get it", so to speak. The support can make all the difference in the world. Someone to plan with, help with a "tough kid". In a special school no one says..."I don't want that retarded kid in my room". Another advantage is the respect given to the children. In special schools THEY can play on the basketball team, be the prom queen/king, be in the school play. I could go on an on, but I will say this...it was the best 7 years of my teaching career. Good luck to you. I hope my advice helps!
     
  7. Privateschools

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    Jul 13, 2010

    Hi,

    Schools are the best place where a person start becoming independent and making a place for themselves .

    Thanks.
     

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