What is it?
The benefits of inclusion
- Children will develop a positive image for themselves and others: It is known that students with disabilities may have a lower self esteem than other students or children their age, part of this reason is from feeling different and isolated. With inclusion students can learn the similarities and differences that they have with other students, this helps them to understand diversity.
- Friendships develop: When students are put into a general education classroom, they are able to develop friendships with all students. It is important for students with disabilities to be able to learn social skills from their peers. Having friends also helps their self esteem.
There are so many more benefits of inclusion, If you take a look at the website you can see for yourself.
How to make inclusion work
- Having the correct supports and services specific to the child
- Have a well designed IEP
- Have all the teachers get together, plan and talk about the students goals and improvements - they should all have the same understanding and knowledge of the student
- Make sure the teacher is collaborating with other teachers and the parents
If these ideas are met, including a student in the general education classroom should work well. Here a website to look at for more details:
Why is it important?
Some activities that a teacher can do to make sure that inclusion works in the classroom are:
- Including other professionals to help
- Encourage positive behavior from the student
- Teachers much identify and target learning goals and objectives that will lead to success and progress for the student - not unrealistic goals
- Use technology
- Use UDL - multiple means of representation, expression and engagement