Extracurricular Options for Special Education Students

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Extracurricular Options for Special Education Students

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While reading, writing, and arithmetic may form the basis of a solid, classical education, there is certainly more to learn in school than just that. Students learn about history, science, and politics and also learn numerous life skills, such as interpersonal and social skills. Extracurricular activities are often the part of school that students look forward to greatly because they can express their personalities the most during these activities.

The most common extracurricular activities are physical education and sports, music, art and theater. These programs may be difficult to get into even for the best and brightest students. However, they can be even more difficult to enter for special needs students.

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Special education students often struggle to find ways to fit in with their peers. They may have habits, needs or limitations that make it hard for them to move, communicate or walk. Some deal with emotional stressors related to their needs that dampen their spirits and make them less likely than their peers to seek out parts in extracurricular programs. It may be up to knowledgeable, kind-hearted teachers and parents to lead special needs students in this direction or to encourage them to follow their hearts.

Mainline sports may be difficult for special education students to perform. However, they can do well with gymnastics if they have a lot of energy. Other good opportunities for these students include dance, drawing and music therapy, which allow them to express themselves.

Once special education students are invested in extracurricular activities, it is vital that teachers ensure that these students are not excluded or discriminated against by their peers or even by those in charge of the activities. While it may take some work to get these students totally plugged into the activities, they may find that it is something that they have a lifelong interest in once they are fully engaged.

At Newman Aaronson Vanaman Attorneys at Law, we believe that special education students should have just as many opportunities as their peers have to succeed in school and even to excel in certain subjects or activities. Parents typically have a bird’s-eye view of what is going on at school for these students and may be the first to notice discrimination or limited educational goals. These families are encouraged to contact us for expert legal care aimed at special education freedom and reform.
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