Special education is for students who have challenges or disabilities that can interfere with their learning. Normally, students who meet this criterion have needs that can’t be met in a regular classroom. Learning environments, teaching approaches, and curricula may need to be adapted to support them. This tailored approach isn’t normally offered in general education.
Special needs schools and programs
Special needs schools are different from regular schools in that they cater to students with education challenges. They are designed, staffed, and have the resources to provide the right support for children with unique needs. These schools aim to level the playing field. They offer students targeted support to allow them to meet age-appropriate educational goals.
They don’t have a “one-size-fits-all” approach to education. Instead, they offer customized programming to meet each student’s unique combination of needs. This includes not just learning, but also social and emotional needs.
Special needs schools and programs offer a wide range of approaches and services to meet this goal. For instance, they may offer:
- Individualized education
- Small classes
- Low teacher-to-student ratios
- Specially trained teachers
- Self-contained classrooms
- Resource rooms
- Tutoring programs
- Academic and psychological counselling
- Learning aids
India’s 10 Best Special Schools as per Education World Rankings:
- The Delhi-based Tamana Autism Centre — School of Hope
- Aditya Birla Integrated School, Mumbai
- PJ Sadhana School, Mumbai ranked
- Amar Jyoti, Delhi
- Asha Kiran Special Needs School, Bangalore
- Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, Noida
- The Gateway School, Mumbai
- Academy for Severe Handicaps and Autism, Bangalore
- Aatman Academy, Thane
- Vidyaniketan Academy — Centre for Learning Challenges, Bangalore
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