Early Intervention for Students with Disabilities

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  • 0:04 Early Intervention
  • 1:15 Identifying Disabilities
  • 2:36 Effective Intervention
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Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Like many aspects of life, it's important to identify students' disabilities early in order to create effective intervention programs. This lesson discusses the importance of early disability intervention and gives examples of actions to be taken.

Early Intervention

Imagine yourself as a child. You almost certainly had your own personal struggles. You were bad at math at first, or perhaps you couldn't color within the lines for the life of you. Now, imagine that you had a really hard time reading (and perhaps you actually did). The words on the page just don't look like what your teachers are telling you they should. You get confused about the letters a lot, and you can't figure out why. Imagine if you were a child with dyslexia, a condition in which reading becomes difficult because words and letters are interpreted differently (often mixed up and reversed) in the brain. If you went for years struggling like this - and your teachers simply expected you to get better with time - you would undoubtedly fall further and further behind in reading.

It is important to identify students' disabilities early in order to make quick strides in the right direction. Ideally, disabilities, whether physical or mental, will be identified at the earliest level possible. This is why elementary teachers and administrators must be extra aware of students' progress in order to identify anything that can be improved with an individualized program. Sometimes, an unidentified disability can severely impact a student after just a short amount of time.

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