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Characteristics of Effective Teaching Methods for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Breaking Learning Tasks into Small Steps

            The best way is making sure that such learning strategies are broke down into smaller learning steps as each learning step has to be well introduced from time to time. It is until students have mastered one step that the next step is introduced. Evidently, all the persons who are suffering from intellectual disabilities have the opportunity of securing similar benefits compared to they who have other kind of learning challenges.  

Modification of Teaching Approaches

Another strategy that can be used for people with intellectual disabilities is modifying all the teaching approaches used to ensures that the disabled persons get the right education. Teachers can work to explain concept like gravitational pull by dropping something or even demonstrate that to their students from them to understand better. As proven by most research work done in the past, most students have the ability to retain more information from the gravity firsthand as the experience of gravity is easier to understand than the use of mere abstract information presented by most teachers while teaching people with intellectual disabilities.

Encourage Learning Environments with Visual Aids

            Consequently, people with intellectual disability tend to perform much better in learning environment especially where visual aids are used. Such performance is evident as the visual aid materials are used in making learning much simpler for such individuals. Again, it is through the use of such visual aids that the students with intellectual disabilities have the capability of understanding the kid of behaviors that are expected of them. Evidently, the use of charts to map students is very effective as they are used a s means of providing positive reinforcement for appropriate task-behavior.   

Provision of Direct and Immediate feedback

            Another teaching strategy for the persons with intellectual disability is the making sure that they are provided with direct as well as immediate feedback. Mostly, persons with intellectual disabilities require immediate feedback that help them know and rectify their learning ways, thus make them better. It is through such feedback that such individuals are able to make a better connection between their behavior and the response they get from their teachers. Moreover, a delay in providing the required feedback makes it much difficult for such individuals to form a connection between the cause and effect of their learning, thus leading to a miss in their learning.