SPECIAL EDUCATION & THE INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM (IEP)
Special education programs are in place at JHPS to serve children from LKG to Grade 10 who have a learning difficulty that might interfere with the educational process. Such difficulties include, but are not limited hearing impairment, physical impairment, emotional disturbance, and developmental delay, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The focus of the special education program is to facilitate access to an appropriate education, regardless of the disability, to help the student achieve academic and life success. Our in house special educators are specially trained to work with preschool children, adolescents and their families.
Children with learning disabilities often form negative opinions of school and education. The need for more special education classes offered to these children is a necessary addition to the school system. All children have the possibility of a bright future ahead of them. All children should have an enjoyment of learning not a fear of it. The advantages of enrolling a child with learning difficulties in the IEP have the following advantages:
Facilitate Learning and Academic Progress:
The Individualized Education Program facilitates academic progress by providing the least restrictive environment and tailored instruction and assessment to the individual by our trained in house Special Educators. A written plan, called an Individual Education Program or IEP is drawn up to outline special accommodations and modifications within the educational environment for each special education student. This plan’s focus is structuring the elements that drive the educational process so that the child can benefit from the educational environment. Without the child attending IEP, the student’s learning difficulty/ disability might stymie educational efforts.
Teach Life Skills:
Some special education programs are geared toward teaching life skills, such as dressing, personal hygiene, safety, handling money and day to day decision making. Students in these programs are also educated on classroom expectations and often engage in programs that provide classroom adjustment.
Modify Student Behavior:
Special education programs also teach behavior that is appropriate and acceptable by society. Some students with disabilities may exhibit behaviors that are objectionable, offensive or disruptive to social and classroom situations. Special education allows for some tolerance of these behaviors within the instructional environment, as teachers work to educate the student academically and behaviorally. Students who are overly aggressive or exhibit behaviors that are socially inappropriate benefit from special education programs.