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5 Tips on Including All Kids at School

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 […]

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Inclusive Play for Children with Physical Disabilities

  Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics published research on including children with physical disabilities during play. A comprehensive review of the research was completed to determine what factors help children with physical disabilities participate in play in childcare centers. The following results were reported: 1. Strategies were grouped into role of the adult facilitator […]

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Including Preschoolers

Head Start Body Start presented a webinar on including preschoolers with special needs in active play today. This webinar had lots of great ideas – some therapists would be familiar with and perhaps some are new information. Here are a few tips that I found helpful: “teach children how to stop before you teach them […]

Free Webinar Including Preschoolers with Special Needs in Active Play

Heard on Twitter from @balmeras about a free webinar on February 7th entitled including preschoolers with special needs in active play. Here is the description from the Head Start Body Start website: “Join HSBS Advisory Board member Diane H. Craft, Ph.D. to learn fun ways to include preschool children with special needs in active play […]

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Inclusion Golf

Are you interested in starting a golf program that includes individuals with and without disabilities?  If so, there is a grant available from the United States Golf Association (USGA). Partnering with the National Alliance for Accessible Golf, the USGA is offerring a maximum award of $20,000. It is open to tax exempt non profits, schools […]

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Inclusive Art Booklet

Here is an awesome, free resource from Crayola entitled “Creative Art Experiences for Children with Special Needs”. This booklet is great for ideas and tips. It would make a wonderful resource for any art teacher or elementary school teacher who works in an inclusive environment. If parents are looking for ideas for at home they […]

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Inclusive Art Activity

Came across this inclusive, creative art idea – painting with hats. A preschool teacher taped paintbrushes to the tops of hats for the children to paint with on easels. It makes an interesting disability awareness activity as well. Since some children access computers using a pointer on a hat, why not let the children see […]

Free Play and Feeling Included

Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly published interesting research on children’s feelings about being included. The researcher, Dr. Nancy Spencer-Cavaliere, interviewed 11 children with a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, motor delays, DCD and more. Three themes were seen throughout the interviews regarding the children’s perspective on sports, games and play: 1. Gaining entry to play […]

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 […]

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Measuring Inclusion in Early Childhood

If are a teacher, parent or therapist for children in an early childhood inclusive setting you may want to check out two new resources that can assist you in determining the quality of your inclusion program. The SpeciaLink Early Childhood Inclusion Quality Scale was developed in 2009 to assess inclusion quality in early childhood settings. […]