1. Education

Typical and Not "Normal"

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Definition:

Typical, or Typically Developing is the most appropriate way to describe children who are not receiving special education services. "Normal" is frankly offensive since it implies that a special education child is "abnormal."

"Typical" is especially appropriate when comparing a typically developing child with a child on the autism spectrum, since there are a great many social, physical and cognitive difficulties that are related to development. It is often in contrast to "typically developing children" that we can best describe the needs of special education children.

Also Known As:
  • Normal (Ugh. Sorry)
  • Regular Education Students
  • General Education Students
Examples:
Charles does well when collaborating with typically developing children.

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