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Special education teachers face risk of injury from students

Special education teachers oversee the development of children with mental, physical or behavioral disabilities. While most students are perfectly fine, others will exhibit detrimental behavior that puts other students and the teacher at risk. Unfortunately, many teachers are unaware of how to handle potentially destructive situations because they did not receive the training necessary to deal with violent students, as a report in The Atlantic outlines. 

Autism is one such condition where children will display aggressive behavior. For example, when an autistic child is not able to process a particularly stressful situation, he or she may bite a teacher who reaches out to help. Teachers can file a workers' comp claim when injured for any reason on school grounds. However, schools could avoid many injuries if they supplied teachers with the necessary resources to deal with students who could lash out in a violent manner. 

Giving the teacher all pertinent information

Insufficient information is a common reason why teachers are ill-prepared to deal with a special needs student. There have been cases where teachers did not receive information about a student's violent tendencies at another school. It is common for schools to remove students only to send them to other institutions without sending over paperwork concerning why the student faced disciplinary action in the first place. 

Giving the teacher adequate assistance

In particular, schools that merge disabled students and students without disabilities in the same classroom do not give teachers the necessary training to handle such situations. Children are challenging enough to handle on their own, so when developmental disabilities come into play, it can become even tougher. In these types of merged classrooms, it may be to the benefit of everyone for the school to have two teachers in the room. One focuses on the general education students while the other teacher focuses on the development of students with disabilities. Through the concerted efforts of everyone involved, the likelihood of special education teachers sustaining injuries while on the job can decrease. 

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