Swedish Specialized Center for Special Needs

Shadow Teaching

What is Shadow Teaching?

Students with learning disabilities often experience challenges in the school setting and require the guidance of another professional other than the classroom teacher. A shadow teacher, together with the combined team of professionals entrusted with the student's welfare, aim to provide additional guidance and support in order for the student to successfully integrate into the mainstream environment. 

Most students with learning disabilities experience social interaction challenges arising from their lack of social communication skills. A shadow teacher works with the student to become more aware of their peers and environment and in the process build social skills - the goal is to equip the student with the right tools to adjust to social situations as well as to develop and maintain friendships. That is why a  shadow teacher is the student's advocate.

SSC's Shadow Teachers


We at SSC for special needs aim to support children with learning difficulties and other childhood disorders placed in classrooms in order to help them function independently and successfully in a regular school environment. Our aim is to nurture each of our students and help them develop and reach their potential. Our shadow teachers are trained to coach and intervene only when necessary. They train to identify opportunities for the student to learn to adapt and to face the challenges of his/her environment - while conscious of situations that require their assistance. The role of our shadow teachers is to guide the student attending schools to become as independent as possible. Our shadow-teaching program incorporates a system that aims towards fading off the shadow support as the student's skills improve. Our ultimate goal is to work ourselves out of the job.

Our Shadow Teachers' Duties.


  • To help the student display appropriate classroom behavior

  • To provide guidance in completing classroom activities when necessary

  • To help the student achieve goals stated in his/her Personalized Educational Support Plan by implementing agreed-upon accommodations for student

  • To regularly update the parents, the case manager on the student's progress