This never occurred to me just how important it

This article discusses how
important it is for all special education school personnel to be educated in first
aid. Special education children have specific needs and disabilities that
require frequent attention.  Some
children might need certain medications at specific times, some children might
not be able to use their arms or legs, which means they need help at all times.

A child could even be visually impaired. A child could have a physical,
developmental, behavioral, or emotional delay. All special education school
personnel have to be educated in all aspects of any kind of disability that
they may encounter. This includes knowing the appropriate steps they should
take in an urgent situation with one of the children.

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            The
purpose of this study was to see how beneficial a first aid program would be to
all of the special education school personnel in these schools.

There were twenty-four special education schools chosen at random in Greece to
participate in this study. The school personnel’s that participated included
teachers of special education, specialists like speech therapists and nurses,
and assistant personnel. The school personnel’s were given a questionnaire
before and after the health educational first aid program. There were questions
about first aid, or whether or not they have been trained in first aid, or if
they have any experience is first aid. They could answer these questions by
choosing right or wrong, or I do not know. They found that before the
participants partook in the first aid program, many of them were never trained
in first aid. They also found that some of the participants were insecure and
uncertain when it came to first aid. The results of the study after the first
aid program showed that the participants’ knowledge of first aid increased and
they are not as insecure or uncertain about first aid as they were before the
program.

            This
article caught my eye immediately. It was so interesting and informative. I
have always known how important first aid is and that everyone should know what
to do in an emergency but it never occurred to me just how important it is for
special education caregivers to know about first aid and to always be up to
date with first aid. I could not believe that most of the participants in the
study had barely any experience in first aid. There are probably a number of
others who work with special education children that not trained in first aid
either. I feel as if anyone that works with special needs individuals should be
required to take a first aid course so they are able to help the individual in
an emergency situation because you never know what kind of freak accident that
could happen. One reason I chose this article is because my nephew has a
disability and if he was ever in an emergency situation, I would hope that the
caregiver at the time would be able to do anything that he or she could to help
him. Another reason I chose this article is because one day I hope that I am
fortunate enough to become a Speech-Language Pathologist and have the
opportunity to work with special education children. I would hope that I knew
exactly what to do if something were to happen to one of the children that I
was working with or at least know that I did everything that I could.