Wednesday, June 13, 2012

SPED Follows K to 12 As Well

      Children with special needs (CSNs) will follow the same K to 12 curriculum just like regular learners but teachers will have to introduce some modifications to suit their unique learning needs.
      Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro FSC, who himself handled children with special needs during his early teaching days, said Special Education (SPED) is always a part of regular education and as such, it follows the regular basic learning competencies. As part of the government’s inclusive education program, all children, regardless of learning disability, should be subscribing to the regular curriculum in school.

       “It just so happens that they have special needs, thus, we have to give them special attention. This entails a little adjustment and accommodation from our teachers,” explained Luistro.

       Luistro is referring to learners whose learning disabilities include speech defect, visual and hearing impairment or high functioning individuals who may have autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), those with problems with mobility and other physical and learning conditions.
       The accommodation and modification, according to Luistro, will be in the form of adaptation, augmentation or alteration of the regular competencies. “For example if some learners cannot keep pace with the number of days a certain competency should be learned, the teacher may have to extend the learning days or devise creative ways to achieve the desired learning competencies,” added Luistro.

       He pointed out that the competencies can be further broken down into smaller tasks to suit the ability, capability and needs of the CSNs.

       On the other hand, for children in the gifted class, accommodation can be done by providing competencies which are over and beyond the regular curriculum. “If our gifted children can do more, we should provide the kind of environment that is conducive to their learning pace. This will help bring out the best in them some more,” Luistro said.

       DepEd, beginning this school year, has started to implement the K to 12 curriculum for Grade 1 and Grade 7 pupils/students in all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide. In 2011, the Universal Kindergarten was rolled- out to formally introduce K to 12 in the Basic Education Program.


  1. Am glad the sped program is on the same page too. They just have to adjust to the speed and challenges with sped students work at :)

    We should invest more in SPED diagnostic programs as there are many students who are not yet diagnosed and they are mistaken as stupid or slow when in fact, they have special needs.

  2. I heard it alright. My nephew is one of the students who will soon be included in the k-12 program. Good for sped students they're going in line with pub schools.

  3. I am glad that the K12 program will be implemented too to SPED although it would mean a lot of adjustments to SPED teachers.

  4. Let us hope for the best! I\m sure DepEd is working hard to give proper system even to SPED kids.

  5. I hope this will work out really well :)

  6. My son goes to SPED but is high functioning except for slight difficulty in mobility. He is already in his sophomore and was wondering if he is still covered by K-12?

    1. Hi Eidra, my duaghter is in 3rd year, as per DepEd memo, Grade 7 is implemented as of 2012 to 2013, which is supposed to be 1st year. Grade 8 will be implemented by next year which will follow all through out the following years.
      In essence, From six years elem, it will ow become 7,
      for High school, it will become as follows:
      Junior High: Grade 8, 9, 10
      Senior High: Grade 11 and 12
      It will start be implementing for incoming Grade 7 only, so for our kids, they will still graduate till 4th Year.

  7. Hope there is also a scientific study to be conducted to evaluate the program.

  8. I'm glad SPED followed the curriculum but of course I agree that the teachers must also adapt to new techniques so the students will learn and cope up well. I hope this will work out fine.

  9. Good thing there they're also follows this kind of program to their education, children with especial need will feel that they are normal and not different from the other students.

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