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Special Needs Intervention: Insights for Teachers and Parents

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Our children deserve a life filled with happiness, purpose, and connection.

Parents and teachers convened at Taarana School recently to learn about supporting children with different abilities. The session, titled ‘When’s the Right Time: A Behavioral Intervention Talk,’ by Behaviour Analyst Clement Chan, covered neurodiverse behaviours and practical approaches for promoting special needs intervention and fostering inclusivity.

The topics discussed went a long way in promoting the understanding of special needs intervention and working toward building a more inclusive society.

The interactive session sparked new-found confidence among the participants as they learned that differently-abled children can thrive if they become more independent and express themselves.

“Parents play a huge role in their children’s lives and can help shape their behaviour positively. Instead of just trying to change your child, help create a supportive environment for their growth,” Clement explained.

The talk also stressed the importance of understanding and solving behaviour problems through assessments and effective interventions.

“Every child is unique, and progress may vary from one individual to another. Patience and flexibility are essential when implementing behaviour management strategies. “It’s crucial to celebrate small victories and be open to making adjustments when needed,” Clement urged.

Sensory integration techniques can significantly benefit children, providing them with a sensory-friendly environment and activities to effectively regulate their emotions and responses. For example, sensory integration techniques can help children with autism who may have sensory sensitivities or difficulties.

“Creating a sensory-friendly environment and offering sensory activities can help children regulate their emotions and responses,” he added.

In addition, Clement encouraged parents and teachers to collaborate on solutions and share their knowledge.

“Parents and teachers can work with professionals like behaviour analysts, therapists, and special educators to develop individualised behaviour plans for each child. These professionals can effectively provide valuable insights and support to address specific challenges.”

The key to effective behavioural intervention management is inclusion and understanding. Clement encouraged the participants to boost social interactions between neurodiverse children and their typically developing peers.

“Promote an inclusive environment where differences are celebrated and understood. This can help break down societal stigmas and foster empathy and acceptance among all children.

The event was a big step toward empowering parents and teachers to better support their children’s behaviour.

“Now is the time for change,” Clement said. “With more awareness and support, differently-abled kids can reach their full potential.

“Let’s break free from old beliefs and create a future where independence and self-advocacy are possibilities. Our children deserve a life filled with happiness, purpose, and connection,” Clement said.