Friday, December 3, 2010

Including All Kids

In the classroom, on the playground and during recess all children should feel included. Many times pediatric therapists focus on environmental modifications. Don't forget other types of modifications as well. Each child can bring their own unique abilities to a classroom setting. Here are several ideas to ensure that all kids are included during the school day:

1. Accept each child for who they are - don't try to change a child, realize that each child has their own unique traits.

2. Encourage group participation - many parts make up a whole. We all benefit when we work together.

3. Acknowledge all efforts - make sure each child knows that their opinions and actions are valid and appreciated.

4. Promote group decision making - let all voices be heard to make a decision

5. Break up big, group projects into smaller parts - assign each child a small part that they can accomplish.

2 comments:

TherExtras said...

Agreed - influencing the teacher towards these attitudes will be very effective. I'm wondering how many hours a therapist would have to role-model and consult with a teacher to change her attitudes towards these inclusive behaviors.

Barbara

Your Therapy Source Inc said...

I think if a therapist was in the classroom modeling this behavior even for 30 minutes a week it may rub off a bit. More importantly, I think therapists need to stress these points in the school staff lounges and during IEP meetings. More focus needs to be on the positive attributes of children with special needs and not so much on what they can not do or contribute.