That's great, we need "qualified" Special Ed Teachers...my wife taught Special Ed and Severe Behavior Kids as well for 30 years, and now semi-retired, she writes the IEP on Kids who have issues and do most of their school work through the Internet....our family, through teaching, involvement with boards, personal family experiences, have been involved with this since our 35 year old daughter was determined to be Mentally Retarded, at age 2....it can be a rewarding career, but she will have to do battle with regular classroom teachers, clueless Superintendents and others in Public and Private Education...We Wish Her Our Best!I agree with you on many of the assessments. The problem with many schools in our area is that they send "problem" children to Special Education. There is a mix of children with developmental disorders in class with normally developing children who are too disruptive or just too disobedient to be in a regular class. I am fortunate that my Son is in a school that is only for children with a diagnosis of autism. Not just his class, the entire school. Now it is my turn to brag, my Daughter is graduating from college this week and will receive her degree and Teaching Certificate. The school where she currently is student teaching uses her to evaluate children to decide if further evaluation is required. She will be starting her Masters in Special Education next but as I often tell her, after 20 years living, playing and helping my Son, she truly is an expert in the field.
Those turnover rates are no different than general ed teachers.One of my very best friends is a Special Education teacher. And a tremendously good one. One of the ones that really, really cares. But, the job takes a toll on them, so keeping good ones is very hard. Here is a generally accepted statistic:
The attrition, or “burn-out,” rate for special education teachers is extremely high compared to most other professions. 50% of special education teachers leave their jobs within 5 years. Half of those who make it past 5 years will leave within 10 years. This equates to a 75% turnover rate every 10 years (Dage, 2006).
Though I am degreed special ed, I choose licensure in regular ed to catch the children falling through the cracks. My area of specialty was diagnosis and remediation of ADHD and common comorbid disorders that affected academic performance, especially depression paranoia, and schizophrenia. I was invited to Harvard for post grad work in the fields of learning disabilities and their relations to aberrant psychology. That you've noted those who live with people with disabilities provide better accommodations is true.That's problem with correlation studies; they prove nothing and infer causation. One could point to any two things that are on the rise and infer they are related.
From my perspective autism is new ADD. If a doctor can't explain a child's behavior then the child is deemed to be autistic. Sent in the government money, we got us a disability over here.
The "over-diagnosis" pulls resources away from kids that actually need help.