Supporting all your students means practicing inclusion and helping students with special needs to feel like a natural part of the group. Check out these favorite inclusion solutions and tips for the inclusion of students with special needs in PE and the classroom.
Inclusion In Everyday Life
In between all of the bad news these days are a few of these jewels that give us hope and optimism:
- This story, about a mom with a child with special needs has gone viral on social media. It is a beautiful lesson on the honest curiosity of children and two courageous moms who used a chance encounter as a teachable moment for all of us.
- Or how about this one: a collegiate athlete who, during a team visit to a middle school, took the time at lunch to sit down next to a student with autism.
Teacher and author Thomas Armstrong writes… “A movement is emerging in education called neurodiversity, which suggests that we view our students with special needs in terms of “diversity” rather than “disability.” By embracing this more positive perspective, and coupling it with differentiation strategies that build on students’ strengths, we can help ensure that our students with special needs achieve success both in the classroom and out in the real world.”
Favorite Inclusion Solutions:
In digital and print this resource provides information and specific strategies for creating an inclusive PE environment and adapting strategies for students with specific disabilities.
A stool and storage for teachers on the move. This rolling seat flips up for storage and has the just right tools for inclusion like adapted scissors, weighted lap pad, seat cushion and set of gel fidgets.
These plush companions can sing, read and/or answer phone calls with their Bluetooth enabled technology. The perfect icebreaker for inclusion activities.
For more ideas on how you can help support inclusion in your community visit www.bestbuddies.org