Working with students with special needs can present unique challenges to school staff. Beyond the typical teaching demands, school staff also face the possibility of injury. Two common causes of injury include:
It's important to be mindful of your own safety and do your best to avoid the possibility of injury and illness.
Staff working in Special Education classrooms, especially those with medically fragile students or students with serious emotional disabilities, must have a positive mental attitude and clear understanding of their own physical abilities and limitations. These tips can help avoid common injuries related to overexertion.
Special Education staff members can sometimes, accidentally or otherwise, be injured by students with special needs or made ill by exposure to bodily fluids. These best practices can help minimize these risks and ensure your safety and that of your students.
It's also important to follow your district's safety policies and procedures. And be sure to consult with the specialized staff on your student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team. Training and ongoing consultation are critical to keeping you safe.
By following classroom safety and behavior management principles, you'll be creating a better learning environment for your students with special needs, and helping yourself enjoy a longer and healthier career.
To help reduce the risks of injuries when working with students with disabilities, Exceptional Child offers a Working Safely with Students with Special Needs online professional development course.