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Grade SchoolChoosing a School for Children with Social Difficulties
School can be challenging in the best of situations. For children with social difficulties, it's especially difficult. The solution from a special-needs school to home schooling will have a tremendous and long-lasting impact on your child's education - and future.
Choosing a school for children with social difficulties is a very difficult task. Parents know that the school they chose will have a big impact on their child’s self-confidence, their ability to learn and their childhood experiences. Get it right and you can help them learn and overcome many barriers and many difficulties they may have. Get it wrong and it can become practically a daily nightmare.
Each of the school choices can be a valid option and will depend on the needs of the child. For example children that are suffering with social difficulties may chose home schooling where their interaction with others can be more closely controlled. Children that suffer with more severe learning difficulties or concentration levels may need more patient and understanding and so a special needs school may be best. The following is a good checklist for things to consider when considering what type of school may be necessary.
• Physical abilities
• Concentration level when learning
• Concentration level with others
• Ability to interact with others
• Ability to conform to rules
• Ability to deal with ridicule/bullying
• Ability to control own behavior and safety
• Ability to be unsupervised
• Self confidence and need for motivation
Some seem a little harsh to think about but these are serious issues that should be considered. For example, some children with social difficulties have a tendency to run out of class when their environment feels threatening, so you would not want to send them to a school where they can be easily lost or could spend time unsupervised. Some children are overwhelmed by the size of the school or number of children so you may want to send them to a small school with a small number of children.
Whatever your options are the choice is not an easy one. So if you are deciding between a specialist school that deals only with children with social difficulties, a private school that has a special needs program and achieves great results, a state school that has small class sizes (not likely), or even home education the choice may not be so easy to make. This is why the choice has to come down to the type of child because they could do great things in a low performing school or perform badly in a high performing school.
The best choice is a school that will make them feel the best, the most motivated, the safest and that they get the most from. So whether you chose home schooling, a special school, a private or even regular state school, if you choose a school that allows them to enjoy learning the most then you are not likely to go wrong.