Training for Special Needs

by frank-stuart
16APR

Special needs training is a specialist type of training that helps disadvantaged children – and adults – gain valuable life skills and education. There are only a few places that teach special needs training skills, and with a high demand for trainers, it can be a great career.

What is special needs training?

This is training specifically designed to help people (primarily children) who have specific education requirements due to physical, mental or developmental conditions. Special needs children might just require a little more or slightly different training to acquire the same skills that general education and training provides to others.

What qualities are needed in a special needs trainer?

To become a good special needs trainer, it helps to have certain qualities. Patience, understanding and adaptability are essential. Trainers deal with people who take longer to develop skills, and so require extra time and energy. Helping them master a task might mean doing it repeatedly, for example, so it’s essential to be patient, thorough and prepared. Trainers also need to be organised, and always emphasise how to do things safely.

A good knowledge and understanding of groups that require special needs training is vital, as is a particular interest in the field, and in helping those with special needs to lead happy and full lives. Above all, special needs trainers should have a respect for those they train, and be able to treat everyone as an individual.

Why is special needs training important?

Those who are classed as ‘special needs’ might be as bright, vivacious and physically active as anyone, however they just might need extra assistance due to physical or mental impairments. Special needs training is essential to help these groups improve fitness and stay active, increase personal and mental skills, build social contacts and above all, improve self-confidence and foster an individual’s sense of achievement.

Where are students most likely to find employment?

Special needs trainers might find employment in a regular school assisting teachers, in a specific special-needs school, or in a field such as sports training that has a wide range of programs available for people of all physical and mental levels. Indeed, sport and physical fitness is extremely important for those with special needs, both for self-improvement and to stay fit and healthy.

ACPE offers a range of Fitness and Sports Science courses that will kick-start your career as a personal trainer. Our sister college, ACPE Academy, we offer three personal training courses to kick start your career – the Certificate III in Fitness, Certificate IV in Fitness and Cert III & IV Combo.

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