Region 17 INclusion Support

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Principle of Engagement Guideline 1 Recruiting Interest

Let's "Chunk and Chew" Through UDL Starting with Engagement and Recruiting Interest

Engagement represents a crucial element to learning, and learners differ markedly in the ways in which they can be engaged or motivated to learn. Engagement guidelines and checkpoints help us plan effective lessons for our students because we ALL have different interests and ways of learning!

Recruit Interest:

  • Optimize individual choice and autonomy
  • Optimize relevance, value, and authenticity
  • Minimize threats and distractions
How do I do this? Give some choices:
  • who to work with
  • what materials to use
  • what to do first
  • what to study
  • how to complete the task
  • what to do if I finish early

Click on link below to get additional ideas on how to spark excitement and curiosity for learning by providing choices.

https://udlguidelines.cast.org/engagement

Examples for Choice of Writing Tools

  • dry erase board
  • paper pencil
  • magnetic boards/letters
  • keyboard
  • photos
  • speech to text
  • symbols
Flexibility is key, don't let a writing task become a handwriting or pen and paper issue.

5 Strategies to Support Communication

Focus on the goal of the lesson and allow for students to interact and communicate what they have learned using modalities that are most effective for them.

  1. Focus on student strengths
  2. Integrate areas of personal interest
  3. Allow student voice and choice
  4. Provide multisensory learning experiences
  5. Respect ALL communication modalities

Reinforcement - Is it time to "SING"?

When using reinforcements with students, sometimes we need to reflect on how we are using them and if effective and reinforcing the desired behaviors. "SING" and reflect!


  • S - satiation (using too much)?
  • I - immediacy (waiting too long)?
  • N - not enough?
  • G - get it anyway?

Strategies for Inclusion

A little thought into planning a lesson or activity can maximize learning for students with disabilities. Below are just a few strategies to think about as you prepare for inclusion in your classroom.


  • Emphasize social interaction (often the priority for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder) and assign “peer helpers” to act as guides and/or supports
  • Allow for extra time to complete tasks
  • Use positive reinforcement
  • Incorporate written and oral language strategies (lists of what is being done, or pictures for those who cannot read or have trouble with oral directions)
  • Use explicit and repeated instructions
  • Provide peer support – assign a peer helper to provide support during the activity
  • Place the child in a location where he/she can listen/hear and maximize understanding
  • Provide clear, defined examples of behavior that is expected
  • Always be patient and use wait time
  • Allow for flexibility in your plans
  • Break up tasks into smaller steps
  • Use modeling
  • Understand that some tasks like waiting in line may be difficult for some children
  • Use consistent routines in your plan
  • Play games over
  • Provide ongoing prompts or visual cues
  • Use mixed ability groupings
  • Celebrate the process

Strategies for inclusion. Strategies for Inclusion |. (n.d.). https://teachingtools.ophea.net/activities/early-learning-resource/strategies-inclusion.

Teacher Resources

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Find the Right Accommodation for Your Student - Easy as 1-2-3!!

Accommodation Central allows for you to select accommodations in both the academic and/or functional settings in different content areas.

http://acentral.education/

Professional Development- Let's Learn Together

Inclusive Practices PLC Power Hour

In this monthly 1 hour session, participants will learn tips and strategies for students receiving special education in the general education classroom and have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from others.

Come join us every second Tuesday of each month to get a resource or strategy ideas from your colleagues!


Jan 11th

Feb 8th

March 8th

April 12th

May 10th

ESC 17 INclusion Resources Padlet

Looking for a past resource included in our Newsletter? Click here!

Inclusion in Texas Network

The Inclusion in Texas Network works in collaboration with TEA to build a statewide culture of high expectations for students with disabilities and significantly improve academic and functional outcomes for students served by special education.

Online Courses

TX CAN has created online learning materials to support effective and rigorous instruction for students with complex access needs. While all are free, we offer a mix of self-paced and facilitated courses to support your professional development needs.


There are several great courses to choose from! https://txcan.tea.texas.gov/courses

Inclusion in Texas and TEA ATIA Online Course Portal

For all education and support staff serving students in the Texas – free AT Online Professional Development from ATIA.