Monday, June 10, 2013

Motivating A Special Needs Student

If you are in the field of education you have heard it a million times "Why do I have to learn this?", "When am I ever going to use this?"  This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to reasons why regular education students do not want to do their work.  Then you have a student with Autism who lacks motivation and really does not see a purpose in some subjects.  This is where you have to be ready and give them real reasons as to why they might need certain subjects.  Here is a list of some counter arguments.

  1. Math (Balance a check book, how much you might need to save up for an Xbox, in order to live on your own, advance their career, for computer programs.)
  2. English (To be able to communicate, to find new words to ask a girl or boy out, to go to college, to speak intelligently.)
  3. History (To know what not to do again, further your education, to compete on jeopardy.)
This is just a small does of what you may counter the students argument with.

As always please leave suggestions for future post. 

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