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When working with a child with special needs, what we need to understand is that they are likely perceiving the world differently than the people around them (but we certainly all do at times!).  Depending on where the area of need is, it may just take a different approach, additional repetitions, or modifications so that they can "access" the information that they are being taught.   In all my years of working with students with special needs, I continually grow and gain insight into the various learning differences that make each student so unique.  All students can and should be showing progress when the teaching is done right - having appropriate scaffolding of skills, targeting interventions, and appropriate accommodations.   Kids want to feel successful and will generally work harder when they have experienced what it feels like to have success in a subject.  Frustration comes when they feel that they cannot do something that they really... read more

Back from a trip to Mexico! Often, you can best set yourself up for success in second language acquisition when you first get to understand a bit about the culture of the target language. Also, when learning another language, you cannot fear failure, neither failure to acculturate, nor failure to learn the language well. You might sound funny, and your brain might be jumping through hoops, but do not be discouraged. Language learning is a process, and the more you continue to practice and allow yourself to experience awkward moments, the more successful you will be. Always be inquisitive when it comes to vocabulary, and do not be afraid to stop someone and ask for clarification. You will be amazed at how understanding and helpful people will be!

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