One of the most essential decisions a parent has to make is how their child is educated. Choosing the right treatment for a child with cerebral palsy is no less crucial and difficult for the parents. All parents want the best for their children, and you’re no different. You want to give your child the best possible start in life. Because each kid with cerebral palsy is unique, it is difficult to say whether they should be placed in a special education programme with highly qualified teachers or in an ordinary public school where they could have more possibilities to learn about how to integrate into mainstream society. Both options have their benefits and drawbacks.
‘Public school’ does not automatically equate to’mainstream.’ In addition to specialised instruction, public and private schools provide a more traditional learning environment and curriculum.
Mild cerebral palsy is likely to help a child’s integration into the general population. They may learn social skills and emotional maturity that they would not otherwise have access to. In the early years of education, most of the focus is on socialisation and the development of skills for interacting with other people. There are others who believe that putting children with moderate cerebral palsy into standard educational systems is a good idea because it helps both the afflicted child and the non-disabled child feel better about themselves (who gains a stronger sense of empathy and inclusivity).
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that children with “special needs” prepare an IEP (individualised education programme) to guarantee that their educational needs are satisfied. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) may call for additional physical or speech therapy or other unique considerations in specific classes. That way, individuals can remain in the general population while receiving the extra attention they need. Individualized education plans can cover a child’s cognitive as well as physical needs.
In cases where a child’s cerebral palsy symptoms are more severe, they may benefit from attending a special education school rather than a regular school. Children with a wide range of problems, not simply cerebral palsy, will be taught at this facility. Concerns that a mainstream school might move too quickly for your child can be alleviated by enrolling your child in a special education programme.
The distinction between mainstream and special education is less clear today than it was in the past. Many special-needs students attend classes in mainstream schools, such as art and music, or they attend mainstream school for the majority of their classes and only attend special school classes for areas they are having difficulty with.