Hi everyone, Welcome to the first week of our book club on The Essentials: Supporting Young Children with Disabilities in the Classroom, I am excited to get this book club started! For this week's question, read up to page 22, including "About this Book" (pp. ix-x), "Chapter 1: Different, Yet Alike" (pp. 1-7) and "Chapter 2: Identifying the Needs of Young Children with Disabilities" (pp 8- 22).I'd love hear about a child or children in your classroom whose development has concerned you. What were the signs? What was the "red flag" for you? Who did you turn to for help?
Hi everyone, We've had such a great discussion so far. For this week's question, read the Chapter 3: Where to Start: Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Inclusion, and Universal Design (pp 23-34). Please share with all of us all of the great things that your school does to include children with disabilities. What do you think you would need to make the inclusive practices even more successful?
Hi everyone,Welcome to the third week of our book club! To get started think about your experiences with one to one assistants in your classrooms or just your thoughts in general on extra adult assistants in the the classroom. Then share your answer to the following question.Q: Many people believe that a child with a disability will need a one to one assistant to support them in the general education classroom. Research tells us that is not always the best idea – but what do you think?
Hi everyone,Welcome to the final week of our book club! To get started think about what are your ideas on inclusion and mainstreaming. Do your ideas change depending on a child's specific disability? Think about these ideas while you share your answer to the following question.
Q: Have you had experience including a child with a speech and language impairment, autism spectrum disorder, visual and hearing impairment, physical disability, intellectual disability, learning disability, and/or ADHD in your classroom? Tell us about both the success you have had and the barriers you have faced.