Just because children are in a special needs classroom doesn't mean they're not smart.
"Students often think they're in my classroom because they're not smart. That's not the case at all! I always tell them it's because they learn differently and that's the truth. Most of the students I serve either have a learning disability or another health impairment (like ADHD) that impacts how they're performing academically. There's usually a difference between where their IQ is and where they're achieving on paper. Many of my students have average to above average intelligence, but are performing below where they should be. My goal is to try to catch them up." — JV