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I want to work with mentally handicapped children, what do I need to go to college for?

Asked by Rayvin14 (351 points ) September 22nd, 2010

I really would love to work with handicapped children as a future job. I would like to be a speech therapist for deaf children, or something like that. Something where I can actually be able to have a realationship with the children.

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TexasDude's avatar

Child development or Deaf studies/ASL.

Also, google “American Humanics” and get involved with them when you are a sophomore or junior.

Rayvin14's avatar

in highschool?

Aster's avatar

Special Ed?

Rayvin14's avatar

@Aster yes, prefferably.

GeorgeGee's avatar

Special ed, deaf education and speech therapy are generally considered separate career paths. If you’re really into the language part of it, you should look into getting an education in language and speech pathology.
http://careerplanning.about.com/od/occupations/p/speech_path.htm

KhiaKarma's avatar

I got my bachelor’s in Education and specialized in special education.(That prepared me mostly for work in a resource room or self contained classroom) I think you can get other specializations too, like working with children who are autistic. I agree with @GeorgeGee that there are different paths as well. I suggest talking to a guidance counselor or a career counselor.

Adagio's avatar

Thought I would mention that deafness is not an intellectual impairment… good luck with your career choice @Rayvin14 :)

Rayvin14's avatar

@Adagio Well, I know its not an intellectual impairment, but I would like to be able to work with handicapped children, or be a speech therapist for the deaf. I just cant decide which yet! :)

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