How has or will that belief effect / impact your interactions with challenging behaviours you encounter?
I do not have one specific model for approaching student with special needs. My approaches are mixture of behavioral/cognitive-behavioral, biophysical, and ecological systems. I strongly believe in social conditioning and reinforcement. Due to my strong sociology academic background, I feel that we, the people, are all products of socialization. This is important as educator since this means that every single interaction you have with a student is a learning opportunity. I would have this mentality when interacting with all students. With positive interaction such as sing reinforcement, modeling, safe school environment to increase the productivity and FUN level in my classroom.
Also this means that I would do through research on any disabilities, student's background (home life, activities outside of school, etc.), and student's previous teachers. These research will give me a broad but accurate picture of a student.
Regarding the biophysical, I know that there are some things which cannot be influence by social setting. Sometimes you are born with conditions which are out of student's control. I am not very comfortable with children taking pills to "get better." I am still very skeptical about this biophysical approach and need to further my understanding for me to be fully on board. But I do see potential value in medication. I really would like to learn more about different drugs for different disabilities to make the best professional decision.