The Therapeutic Pedagogy teacher (TP) is an educator specialised in Special Education. Their main objective is promoting special needs students’ integration and inclusion by means of:
– Preferential and direct attention.
– Guidance in curricular materials adapted for these pupils.
– Advice and support to the teaching staff.
What tasks does the Therapeutic Pedagogy specialist carry out?
The T.P., as a member of the school’s Attention to Diversity Team, develops the following functions:
Intervention on students
It consists in determining together with the tutor the work plan with students in need of educational support at the beginning of the academic year.
It is designed according to the reports and prognosis made the previous year as well as new diagnostics and reports made by the School’s Educational and Psycho-pedagogical Guidance Team (E.G.T.)
It also consists in organising the attention to pupils who are going to receive help as regards:
- Schedule (number of weekly sessions, Schedule of the classgroup, coordination with the E.G.T.).
- Educational spaces (location of the most suitable classrooms to hold support sessions).
- Materials (review of the existing ones, elaboration of a list for new purchases and materials creation, according to budget and necessities).
Also, in some cases the advice from Specific Guidance Teams (Early Attention, Motor impairment, Vision impairment, Hearing impairment, Conduct Disorders) will be taken into account.
Furthermore, we detect possible registrations and de-registrations in the Students with Special Educational Needs program.
We also review the educational needs of candidates who may be helped by our T.P. through individual tests, direct and indirect observation and consult of the reports by counsellors, tutors, specialist teachers and relatives.
There is a direct intervention on students with specific educational support needs to resolve or palliate their difficulties. This is done through a programmed work plan for each student and individual monitoring and assessment.
- Attention to the Teaching Staff
We advise, together with the E.G.T.M and L.A., on the design and elaboration of the IDCA (Individual Document of Curricular Adaptation) to be carried out by tutors.
We also help teachers in the choice of specific adapted materials suitable for class use upon request.
We make, together with regular teachers and specialists, the adaptation of the teaching materials for students with specific educational support needs.
In conjunction with the teaching staff, we collaborate in the monitoring and assessment of students with specific educational needs, overall as regards instrumental areas.
We advise and guide families on patterns of action with their kids at home.
We inform families of their kids’ improvement every term.
Coordination with other services and institutions of a social and cultural character to carry out joint actions.