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Determining the Least Restrictive Environment Grand Canyon University: SPD 510 Professor: Dr. Pearl Haynes December 23, 2020 Determining the Least Restrictive Environment
Placement Setting Student and Staff Sizes Benefits Restrictions Inclusion Classrooms One general education educator, with paraprofessional and aides when required. Children in classroom can differ 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 satisfaction and had an enhanced sense of fitting in schools that had inclusion classrooms” ("The Importance of Inclusion Classrooms | Alvernia Online", 2020) “Small amount of federal guidance on whether schools can consider teachers and the students’ classmates in their choices about where students with special needs are educated, which can make placement judgments difficult” ("Has Inclusion Gone Too Far? - Education Next", 2020) “Special needs students have a greater probability of showing difficult behavior than students without disabilities” in inclusive classrooms ("Has Inclusion Gone Too Far? - Education Next", 2020) Resource Classrooms Resource 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 Special Education", 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 Get Special Education", 2020) -Can turn into “a waste of time, if the educator decides not to put in the effort in learning the best practice for instruction, as well as practicing and reading current research and, while perfecting their skills” ("MultiBrief: Is the resource room a waste of time?", 2020) - The educator often sets the tone for the classroom, whether the students will be successful or not. Self-Contained Classrooms A 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 education population” ("Self- May not be available at the closest school: “a student with special needs who 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)

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