Remedial Education – (Also known as Developmental education, basic skills education, compensatory education, preparatory education and academic upgrading) – is education designed to assist students in order to achieve expected competencies in core academic skills such as literacy and numeracy.
Whereas special education is designed specifically for children with special needs, Remedial education can be designed for any students, with or without special needs.
The main objective of Remedial Teaching is to give additional help to the pupils who for one reason or another have fallen behind the rest of the class in the academic areas of reading, writing and mathematics.
Learning disabilities are neurologically-based processing problems. These processing problems can interfere with learning basic skills such as reading, writing and/or math. They can also interfere with higher level skills such as organization, time planning, abstract reasoning, long or short term memory and attention.
The most common Learning Disabilities are – Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia, Information Processing Disorder ( both Visual and Auditory ).
Advantages of Remedial Activities
- Learning Basic Skills
Students who do not have basic math and reading skills will benefit from attention to remedial activities in the classroom. Using various strategies and teaching tools will give students the basic skills they need to advance to a higher academic level.
Students who have been out of school may benefit from remedial teaching over a week or more to reinforce skills they lost due to extended time away from school. Teachers might use flashcards, games or fun activities involving phonics and basic math to help students get back on the learning path.
- Communication Skills
Students who suffer from speech disorders may have trouble with communication in the classroom. Speech disorders are often developmental and may respond to remedial reading instruction. Teaching reading using phonics and sounding-out activities may help students with communication issues from speech-related problems become more academically proficient.
- Behaviour and Motivation
Students who fall behind due to the inability to perform even the most basic tasks in the classroom may develop behaviour problems because of their frustration levels. This can also lead to a lack of motivation and the desire to give up altogether. Teaching remedial activities will help students gain general knowledge that can be applied to all subject areas and help reduce feelings of inadequacy that lead to behaviour or motivation issues.
In general, teachers provide remedial support for students with learning difficulties in one or all of the basic subjects as necessary. Remedial teaching aims at helping pupils to build a good foundation for subject learning and self-learning. It evaluates the performances of pupils and the progress of learning.
Structure Of the program
Our remedial sessions are offered in the afternoon as an after school program. The sessions range between 1 pm to 5 pm with 1 or 1 and half hour individual or small group sessions depending on the need of the student. Teachers trained in Learning Difficulties or certified in the Schools Attuned Program conduct these sessions after an assessment of the academic skills of the student. An Individual Learning Plan is made for each child and the program is carried out according to the goals set in the plan.
The strategies used are mostly activity based and stress is laid on making the child understand the concepts rather than rote learning.