Inclusion: How can we include children with special needs in preschool?

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Inclusion: How can we include children with special needs in preschool? Jenna Brown & Cassandra Frietas Child Growth and Development May 20, 2017 Little Sprouts EMC317: Spring 17 May 19, 2017

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What does this mean? Inclusion: This means children with special needs and different disabilities are able to take part in the regular classes and activities as children without. What are we doing now? Supporting to the best of our abilities. Observations, Referrals and public school programs. More than ½ of preschoolers are in a segregated setting. (This statistic has not changed much over the past THREE DECADES!!)

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It is well documented that the beginning years of all children’s lives are critical for building the early foundations of learning and wellness needed for success in school and later in life. During these years, children’s brains develop rapidly, influenced by the experiences they share with their families, teachers, peers, and in their communities. Like all children, it is critical for children with disabilities to be exposed to a variety of rich experiences where they can learn in the context of play and everyday interactions and engage with their peers with and without disabilities. In partnership with families, high-quality early childhood programs can facilitate the experiences that foster learning for all children. -Departments of Education and Health and Human Services (HSS) Policy 2014

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ADHD AUTISM SeizureDisorders Learning Disabilities Aspergers CysticFibrosis Cerebral Palsy Developmental Delays Down Syndrome

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AS a Company and educators what can we do? COMMUNICATION. PARENTS, TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF. EDUCATING OURSELVES. PROPER TRAINING, SELF DEVLEOPMENT ETC. TEACHING AND ENCOURAGING GOOD BEHAVIORS. ENCOURAGING ALL STUDENTS, STANDARDS..

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AS A COMPANY AND EDUCATORS WHAT CAN WE DO? DEVELOPING ASSESMENTS FOR All. ADJUSTING TO ACCOMODATE ALL. ADEQUATE SPACE. DO WE HAVE THE ROOM NEEDED? IS EVERYTHING ACCESIBLE? SAFETY FEATURS. INDOOR AND OUTDOORS, WHAT SHOULD NOT BE ACCESIBLE? Staffing. 1 on 1, HOW MANY HOURS ETC.

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What could an inclusion classroom look like? Wheelchair accessible Tables. Different classroom setups to accommodate more room. Adjusting objects in classroom to be accessible to all.

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What are the Benefits?

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What are the benefits?

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What are the benefits?

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Children singing in a inclusive classroom All kids engaged Teachers assisting Children encouraging others

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Early Childhood inclusion Survey Lack of communication with school districts and other preschool programs. Belief that some children will “loose” Lack of respect. Attitude and beliefs Funding Approval as placement for children with disabilities Transportation Policies and procedures. Lack of placement availability Recourses for transportation Resources

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Works Cited: "Early Childhood Inclusion." Webinar Survey. N.p., 2015. Web. 2017. “Youtube.com” "Early Learning: Inclusion." Home. US Department of Education (ED), 01 Mar. 2017. Web. 19 May 2017. "Creating Inclusive Classroom Environments." The Practical Guide to Special Educational Needs in Inclusive Primary Classrooms (n.d.): 53-66. Web.

Summary: In this power point we discussed the challenges faced with the inclusion of children with special needs and what we as educators can do.

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