General Education Settings
In the general education setting, (also known as “inclusion class” or “mainstream placement”) a student is in a regular (“general”) education class with his/her grade-level peers. In addition to the general education teacher, there may be a special education teacher whose job it is to adjust the curriculum to the abilities of the student with an IEP. The incorporation of a special education teacher depends on your child’s IEP. When a general education placement is the best match for a student’s needs, it allows a student to participate in his/her education program in a more complex, natural setting that affords almost continuous opportunities for generalization. However, this setting is only truly helpful if it does not interfere with your child’s ability to make meaningful progress in his/her educational program. When appropriate, related services such as OT, PT, and SLP can be provided in the general education setting. There are some students whose educational requirements are too complex and intense to be effectively addressed in the general education setting.