Teaching children with special needs

Using technology to help students with special needs

Teaching children with special needs

How pupils with special learning needs can benefit from the use of technology in the classroom. 

What about pupils with special needs?

Some students can't progress as quickly as their schoolmates do. As self-confidence goes down, results drop. Most of the time these students and their families as well as their teachers can't find any suitable solution. 

How do you recognize a student with special needs?

Suffering from behavioral or developmental disorders, physically handicapped, or just "not like the others", students with special needs can find it hard in making their way through school. Yet many easy solutions exist.

With a little help from modern technology

As our society is not perfectly standardized our life has to be adapted to people with special needs, this is even more evident in schools. Should they suffer from mental disabilities, from a physical handicap, from autism, or should they simply be hyperactive or highly gifted, as teachers our attention has to be permanently focused on these demanding students. But it is not always that easy.

If small size classes offer an obvious solution, the use of modern technologies can also be very interesting. Indeed, they improve the students' attention and they facilitate the understanding of complex notions. Mainly because they are more interactive and pleasant than some books. Students with special needs can't always progress through classical methods.Their programs and their schedules have to be adapted. That's why Ecole Atlas has decided to rely on iPads and laptops in all its classes as well as on accompanying adults within the classes. Since August 2013, apps and computer programs have helped our students progress more than books alone.

Atlas Geneva and Lausanne offers adapted solutions for students with special needs aged between 8 and 20.

This article was submitted by Ecole Atlas – find out more here 

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