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What Constitutes a Special Education Career?


What most people donít realize is that every profession is a ďspecial education careerĒ because all vocations require some type of distinctive training. However, for the sake of this article weíre going to discuss the elements of a Special Education Career that revolve around people with handicaps or disabilities.

There are numerous occupation choices for people who want to work with the handicapped. Teachers, therapists, and counselors are just a few examples and nearly every university in the world offer courses needed to work within the components necessary for this career.

A person who decides to work with the handicapped should not only obtain exclusive training, they should possess qualities in abundance that others may have but not necessarily express. Because you are working with people who donít hear, think or reason the same way that most do, those in a special education career cannot afford to be impatient or mean spirited. Therefore, an unlimited supply of patience and compassion are absolute musts for people who choose to work in a special education career.

It takes a unique individual to be teacher of mentally or physically handicapped children and/or adults. At the same time, a counselor or therapist who works with the handicapped should be able to understand not only the physical but mental limitations of the people they come in contact with and particularly those with whom they are dealing with on a daily basis.

Other examples of a special education career are types of physical and mental therapy where horses, dogs, art, and music are applied. These are types of therapy that appeal to the senses and childlike hearts of the students.

Another instance of a special education career is someone who provides ears for the deaf. In nearly every profession and training facility around the world there are people who choose to interpret what is being said to people who canít hear. These individuals are fluent in sign language and have the skills necessary to ensure that their pupils are hearing and understanding what they need to learn. This form of communication is a beautiful thing to watch.

Sign language isnít the only form of communication where interpreters are necessary in the world today. People who are fluent in foreign languages can work in jobs as varied and influential as national security and government liaisons. Someone who doesnít aspire to such lofty positions can be employed as translators for the arts by translating books, movies and songs.

So whether you choose a special education career working with children or adults, the disabled or just those linguistically impaired, these vocations are rewarding to everyone involved.