April 15, 2013
Students with disabilities have several placements that can be provided to them in the classroom and school they go to. Three of these placements are regular classroom, resource room, and special school setting. Depending on what the disability is of the student, how severe it is, and what kind of staff the school has available will greatly influence where a student is placed. Each educational placement has pro’s and con’s, and will vary depending on the needs of the child
Many students are now being placed in regular classrooms as much as possible as opposed to be separated from other students. Students may spend part of the time out of the classroom in groups that are smaller to get more help with reading or writing, or can also be in the classroom with an aide or a one on one. Some are in the classroom with accommodations, for example a student with a hearing impairment may be in the class and the teacher wears a microphone that is broadcast through a speaker near where the child sits so he can hear lessons and instructions better.
The pros of placing a child in a regular classroom are that they are not separated from the other children, and can lead to success in other areas, such as socially and in the community. Another pro is that having students with behavioral problems as well as a disability are addressed by having them in a regular classroom (Zurkowski, 1998). Some cons of placing a child with a disability into a regular classroom can be that it causes more problems than solutions. One example of this is placing a student who is low functioning autistic. If the child does not have a one on one or TSS, this can cause many disruptions to the teacher and other students in the classroom (Middleton, 2005). Another con can be if there is a malfunction or damage (such as using the speaker and headset with the child who has a hearing impairment),...