Mainstreaming at the Preschool Level. Including Special Needs Children in Your Typical Preschool. Christine Gillan-Byrne and Robin Aaron. Constructivist Theory of Learning. We learn by constructing our own understandings based upon our experiences.
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Mainstreaming at the Preschool Level
Including Special Needs Children in Your Typical Preschool
Christine Gillan-Byrne and Robin Aaron
The Summer 2004 issue of Interaction, the journal of the Canadian Child Care Federation, features a series of articles on "Science and Early Learning." As a part of this series, Anita Elworthy outlines the essentials of the constructivist theory of learning...
Father – hearing impaired
Schuyler – Spina bifida
John – Asperger’s Syndrome
Avoid or ignore
Sadness or pity
Belief in Potential
All Children have potential
all children are capable of learning.
Special Needs Child
What would you do?
Belief in Potential
What are some typical developmental milestones in children?
Not every challenged child can be successfully mainstreamed into a “typical” classroom.
Children with special needs will often learn more from other children than from adults.
Children with typical needs will also learn from children with special needs.
Activities designed especially for the child with special needs should include other children whenever possible.
Be balanced in your efforts.
Mary Donegan, Seong Bock Hong, Mary Trepanier-Street, & Caryn Finkelstein. (2005).
Is this inclusion plan appropriate for this child and teacher?
What have you done lately to make your classroom more developmentally appropriate?
What have you done lately, or in the past, to make your room more individualized?
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