Children learn about feelings of belonging, acceptance, and rejection at an early age.Therefore, it has become imperative for educational and recreational institutions to incorporate an inclusive child care program.Educators and instructors who accommodate special-needs children gain peace of mind in knowing that no child is left alone with a feeling of inadequacy.Inclusive play enables special-needs children to build the necessary social skills to handle any circumstance.The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) further strengthens mandated criteria for the inclusion of children in preschool, child care, and playground settings.As a result, educational and recreational institutions cannot discriminate against parents or special-needs children.) So as I have sat in the waiting room on a different couch, this therapist has been getting to know my son.For more than two months, she has been sitting on bean bags with him and asking him questions about his life.
And up until this meeting, she has said absolutely nothing about what she thinks. All week-long I have been thinking about all the ways she will likely tell me I am doing this wrong.
Sadly, the situation in our schools today is that a child will be at least two years behind in their reading before any interventions.
There are, of course, exceptions to this rule and some schools are very good at recognising dyslexic children and giving them appropriate support. And that is why we have one in five children leaving primary school who cannot read or write.
Once implemented, their effectiveness should be assessed on an ongoing basis and revised as needed.
To meet the specific needs of a child, changes may need to be made in one or more of the following instructional conditions – remember, when the child can participate in an activity as it is, no changes need to be made: Reprinted with permission from "Accommodating All Children in the Early Childhood Classroom," Copyright 2002, Circle of Inclusion Project, University of Kansas, Lawrence. Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (