17 Questions That Special Education Teachers Should Be Able to Answer

So you want to be a special education teacher? Congratulations, you have chosen both a challenging and rewarding career. To help you get started, I want to present you with 17 questions that you should be able to answer about special education, along with their corresponding answers.

This is not an exhaustive list, as a matter of fact, these questions represent less than 5% of what you should know, but it’s a good starter quiz. It will help you to gauge what you already know and what you should brush up on.

  1. What is a Multisensory Structured Language Education? An education strategy that leverages auditory, visual, and physical cues to assist students in learning a language.
  2. What is a Native Language? The initial language that a person learns to speak
  3. What is Self-Advocacy? The skills and capacity that children need to explain their cognitive or learning disorders to others.
  4. What is Self-Monitoring? The capacity to observe yourself and assess whether or not you are performing a task correctly.
  5. What Does Sensorimotor Mean? Involving sensory and motor functions collectively.
  6. What is a Speech Impairment? When a person has issues speaking in their language.
  7. What is Speech Therapy? A type of therapy that assists kids in speaking more clearly, conveying their thoughts and feelings, and deciphering what other people are saying.
  8. What is a Speech-Language Pathologist? An expert that can help kids with language disorders learn to speak more clearly, convey their thoughts and feelings, and understand what other people are saying.
  9. What Does it Mean to Be Twice-Exceptional? A term used to describe children who have exceptional talents in some academic areas and challenges in others. In some instances, a twice-exceptional student could theoretically qualify for both gifted and special education simultaneously.
  10. What is Universal Screening? An action that is instituted by school officials at the onset of a school year to pinpoint which students who are at risk for academic failure. School district employees conduct some evaluations while others are performed by independent education evaluators.
  11. What is Verbal Comprehension? How well students can decipher the language that they read or hear.
  12. What Does Visuomotor Mean? About visual and motor functions collectively.
  13. What is Vocational Rehabilitation? A collection of services that are offered to people with disabilities which are created to help them develop the skills that one needs to obtain and hold on to a job.
  14. What is Mainstreaming? Is the school policy of bringing disabled children into the “mainstream” of school and classroom life.
  15. What is Mixed-Ability Grouping? Educating students of various ability levels together in the same classroom.
  16. What is Visual Processing? The ability to understand and process visual information.
  17. What is a Discrepancy? The disparity between two assessments, as in between assessments of a child’s IQ and actual academic achievement.

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