I think you should try it. I find it easier to work with the sped kids b/c often you're doing 1 on 1 tutoring, which is easier than getting up in front of a classroom full of kids staring you down. They love you, even when they're 13. And if a child is really disabled, which I see rarely, the school will put a more experienced aide with the child--they won't put a sub with a child who easily has knock-down-drag-out fits for instance. If you get put with an autistic child, ask if he/she wanders off--that has been my biggest problem--they rarely get into much trouble, but it's embarrassing. Also, sometimes some of the downs kids get mulish and won't do their work (mainly teenagers), but those have been my biggest problems after 1-1/2 months of subbing for sped every day. I love these kids.