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1 Inclusion Education at Bronx Early Childhood Institute Naomi Shah, General Education Teacher Catherine Chiang, Special Education Teacher Ruth Barral, Speech Therapist Clare Pidot, Occupational Therapist

2 Welcome Parents to Class 01’s October Parents’ Night!!

3 Inclusive Education “Inclusive Education is, first and foremost, an attitude, a value and a belief system. It has been defined as a shared value that promotes a single system of education dedicated to ensuring that all students are empowered to become competent and contributing citizens in an integrated, changing and diverse society.” -Steve Kukic, Former Director of At­Risk and Special Services, Utah State Department of Education “Special Education is a service, not a place”

4 Working As a Team Collaboration is key for your child’s success The diversity within our classroom requires a team of specialized teachers and therapists Weekly Meetings, daily conversations

5 Potential Concerns 1. Children follow inappropriate behavior 2. Learning distractions 3. Physical danger 4. “Bad” habits

6 Legal Guidelines Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act: ●All children with disabilities must be educated in his/her “least restricted environment” ●Children are also entitled to disability services through local government, school, or agency ●Student to be educated with their non-disabled peers to the “maximum extent possible”

7 Our Classroom through Gen Ed All children are seen as individuals -- their goals and learning is targeted to their needs o the make gains appropriate to their development Technology can be used to modify lessons Opportunities for role modeling and confidence building Strengths-based environment New York State Common Core Learning Standards for Pre-K

8 General Education (con’t) ★ Correlating/unifying with Special Education ★ Preparing them for further education, employment, and independent living

9 Through the Lens of Special Education ➢ Part B: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997: “To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities are educated with children who are not disabled.” ➢ enhance your child’s learning potential and increase opportunities for them to function effectively

10 Teaching Model ➢ Parallel Teaching ➢ Two student groups- divided equally ○ rotations Ms. ShahMs. Chiang

11 Through the Lens of Special Education ➢ Challenging expectations for all students ○ all educational needs will be met ○ IEPs ➢ Focusing on your child’s preferred mode of learning ➢ Children develop a positive understanding of peers ○ respecting diversity ○ empathy


13 Through the Lens of Special Education ➢ Class 01 Parent Committee ○ meets bi-monthly ○ what’s going on in the classroom, new strategies, different vocabulary ➢ Weekly Teacher Meetings ○ areas of focus ➢ Individualized/Small group instruction ○ targeting specific needs

14 Speech and Language Therapist Speech Therapists use different strategies and techniques to help students master communication skills essential for their development.

15 How can Speech Therapy help your child? Children who can benefit from speech therapy may be struggling with: Apraxia, an oral-motor speech disorder Stuttering, an unnatural repetition of sounds in speech Selective Mutism, an inability to speak in certain situations Cluttering, a language disorder in which speech is incoherent

16 How can Speech Therapy help your child? Speech therapists work either with small groups of children or 1:1 with an individual child, so as they are gaining confidence in their speaking abilities, they are also developing social- emotional awareness and bonding with adults and peers

17 Effective Speech Strategies Using a mirror can help a student become more aware of the movements of small muscles in and near their mouth

18 Effective Speech Strategies “Easy Speech” The speech therapist assists the child in developing awareness of their speech mechanism, so that they can speak without hesitation or disfluency and gain confidence

19 How Speech Therapists Work With Teachers Speech therapists work with teachers to write IEPs and identify ambitious yet attainable goals. Speech therapists and teachers meet monthly to discuss individual students’ progress and plan for continued development.

20 How Speech Therapists Work With Parents Knowledge is Power! Parents and speech therapists can work with each other by frequently communicating about the child’s progress.

21 Occupational Therapy (OT) Occupational Therapists focus on fine motor functioning and activities of daily living that help children achieve independence in all areas of their lives.

22 OT: My Role Work in the classroom (“push-in”) with individual students Instruct teachers on how to use equipment Work with the other teachers and therapists, work with parents to continue therapy at home

23 OT: Goals For All Children Putting on own clothing Holding writing utensils Stringing beads Cutting across a paper with scissors Draws a complete circle Builds a tower/building with multiple blocks

24 Effective OT Strategies Fine motor activities Access to equipment


26 Thank you for your time and we are looking forward to a wonderful year together! Questions or Comments?

27 Parent Feedback ❏ Teachers covered all my areas of concern. ❏ I felt comfortable asking questions where needed. ❏ I feel reassured about having my child in this inclusion classroom. ❏ I am looking forward to having my child in this inclusion classroom. ❏ Additional questions or comments: Please check the boxes that you think apply to you after this meeting. Feel free to leave questions and comments for us at the bottom.

28 Resources pros-cons-3173333 pros-cons-3173333 Adapting Early Childhood Curricula for Children with Special Needs, by Ruth Cok, M. Klei, Annette, Tessier disabilities/inclusive-education/the-benefits-of- inclusive-education/ disabilities/inclusive-education/the-benefits-of- inclusive-education/

29 How would this be used in teaching? This Power point would be utilized in an afterschool meeting with parents to inform parents about what kind of classroom their children are taking part in. The slideshows demonstrate the importance of inclusive education (special education and general education) to parents. The slideshows are worded so that parents are able to understand the language, along with diagrams and descriptive images.

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