Understanding Remedial Intervention

Often, people confuse the terms special education and remedial intervention, assuming they both mean the same thing, although, in reality, they are completely different. Both special and remedial education programs are structured, specialised programs designed to help children who require additional support academically. But their application and uses are different. Behaviour therapist Skandita Sharma tells us how. 


A remedial program, in simple terms, is for students who have average or better intellectual abilities but are underperforming in school. Typically, remedial students have difficulty in one subject area, such as reading, writing, or mathematics, rather than with their intellectual talents. Remedial programs are meant to assist students to get the one-on-one attention they need to improve their abilities and confidence so they may reach their full potential.

Remedial programs that provide students with individualised attention are effective and a popular choice. Because traditional lectures do not capture the attention of all learning types, many students find it difficult to sit down and stay attentive in class and this is where remedial intervention can help.


Special Education refers to providing specialised education services to children whose learning needs cannot be met by the regular school curriculum. This refers to children who have cognitive, behavioural or physical disabilities which impact their learning and therefore they require modification of usual teaching practices to suit their learning needs. Children with disabilities have unique learning needs that typical schooling methods cannot accommodate. This is where special education steps in. Students who are differently-abled sometimes cannot perform in a class that teaches standardised concepts and subjects. The impact of learning difficulty or Specific Learning Disorder (SLD), as it is known, is different for each child and depends on various factors.

Some students with SLD may acquire early reading and spelling activities with excellent guidance, but when more complicated language skills are required, such as grammar, understanding textbook content, and writing essays, they have the most trouble.

Remedial Education is effective because

1. It is evidence-based and employs tried-and-true teaching approaches.

2. It is taught in a systematic and explicit manner.

3. It is carried out at the student's leisure.

4. Provides regular reviews and practice exercises to reinforce learning and apply new information.

5. Uses a multi-modal teaching approach.

6. Employs the instructional scaffolding method.

Applied at the right time and consistently, remedial intervention can prove very helpful. Remedial Education can also assist students in developing both advanced academic skills and general skills comparable to their classmates. This will also aid students in building confidence, improving their learning, and developing a positive attitude toward learning and academics. This will also help them in catching up with their classmates.

Strategies in Remedial Teaching

Individualized Educational Program (IEP)

In order to suit the learning needs of each student, the Individualized Educational Program (IEP) aims to reinforce the foundation of learning, aid students in overcoming their learning obstacles, and increase their potential.

The Individualized Educational Program includes short and long-term instructional goals, learning steps, exercises, and evaluations to ensure that the curriculum is implemented.

Teachers evaluate the success of their work and seek feedback from students in order to improve it.

Reward Scheme

Here teachers implement an incentive system that encourages students to set their own objectives and techniques while also positively reinforcing their good grades. When creating incentives, teachers must consider the following considerations.

• Set clear and measurable objectives.

• Set attainable objectives.

• Offer a variety of incentives that cater to the students' interests; reward them right away. On a regular basis, review and update the incentive program.

• It's a good idea to invite parents and guardians to help children improve their work.

With the right intervention, your child can overcome their academic challenges. Get in touch with our specialists to know more. 

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