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Determining the Least Restrictive EnvironmentGrand Canyon University: SPD 510Professor: Dr. Pearl HaynesDecember 23, 2020Determining the Least Restrictive Environment
Placement SettingStudent and StaffSizesBenefitsRestrictionsInclusion ClassroomsOne general education educator, with paraprofessional and aides when required.Children in classroom candiffer from 20 up to 30 in general education setting.“When students with special needs are in classes alongside regular education students, their academic achievement increases” ("The Importance of Inclusion Classrooms | Alvernia Online", 2020)It is found that students with special needs had greater school satisfactionand had an enhanced sense of fitting in schools that had inclusion classrooms” ("The Importance of Inclusion Classrooms | Alvernia Online", 2020)“Small amount of federalguidance on whether schools can consider teachers and the students’ classmates in their choices about where students with special needs are educated, whichcan make placement judgments difficult” ("Has Inclusion Gone TooFar? - Education Next", 2020)“Special needs students have a greater probability of showing difficult behavior than students without disabilities” in inclusive classrooms ("Has Inclusion Gone TooFar? - Education Next", 2020)Resource ClassroomsResource rooms contain “a maximum ratio of five students to one educator. Additionally, students usually work with as one on one with an educator or paraprofessional” ("How Resource Rooms Help Students Get SpecialEducation", 2020)Provides social support for the needs of the students, by providing small group settings which can be less intimidating and threatening. Also, “offer chances for interventions for behaviors, and educators regularly help students with their social skills” ("How Resource Rooms Help Students GetSpecial Education", 2020)-Can turn into “a waste oftime, if the educator decides not to put in the effort in learning the best practice for instruction, aswell as practicing and reading current research and, while perfecting theirskills” ("MultiBrief: Is theresource room a waste of time?", 2020)- The educator often sets the tone for the classroom, whether the students will be successful or not. Self-ContainedClassroomsA Self-contained classroom provides “smaller groups, a more interdependent setting, and one-on-one help” ("Self-Contained Classroom Defined | SpecialEdResource.com",2020)Class sizes “might contain 5 to 10 students. For students with special needs who do not find achievement in resource or inclusion classes, a self-contained classroom can” help give structure and support for children whose educational needs are not being met by being in general educationpopulation” ("Self-May not be available at the closest school: “a student with special needswho needs a self-contained classroom might have to attend another school in another district.” (2020)
“A special education teacher and paraprofessional oversee the classroom and take class instruction from the primary teacher” ("Self-Contained Classroom Defined | SpecialEdResource.com",2020)