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Video: A guide to private schools
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By Valle Dwight
One advantage parents have when looking at special needs schools is that by now they probably have a sense of what will work for their child — or at least know what doesn’t work (whatever the public school was doing). Use that knowledge when looking at the programs you are considering.
Some questions to ask when choosing a special needs school:
Visit any school you are considering. Look at how the classroom is set up. Is it the right kind of environment for your child? How many children are in the classroom? How does the teacher handle disruptions? Do the students seem engaged?
Seek out parents whose children go to a school you're considering. Talk to them about their experience. Ask them if they think the school is a good fit for a student with your child’s particular needs. Involved parents can be your best and most honest source of information.
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