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Special Education

June 9, 2021
Philosophy of Education
Philosophy of Special Education
As a special education teacher I feel that all children, even those with disabilities, can
learn. Special education includes three types of services. A student with a disability will receive
specifically designed instruction (SDI) which is styled to meet the individual needs of the student
with disabilities. This will include, but not limited to, students academic skills, communication
skills, and behavioral challenges. (Friend & Bursuck, 2019 pg.4). Another type of service is
related services which is assistance beyond academic instruction. This includes speech therapy,
occupational therapy and counseling. (Friend & Bursuck, 2019, pg.5). Lastly the third part of
special education is supplementary aids and services (SAS). These are supports that will aid
students with disabilities to participate in general education and extracurricular activities. This
may include accommodations such as preferential seating, and instructional adjustments such as
simplified assignments and extended time to complete assignments or tests. (Friend & Bursuck,
2019 pg.5). With all of these services being provided to children with disabilities they will be
able to learn and interact with their peers and even be in the regular education setting.
All of these parts of special education are explained in the federal special education law,
called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA will ensure that all children
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receive free appropriate education in the least restrictive environment and will have an
individualized education plan (IEP) tailored to their disability. If a student does not have a

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