Podcast: Inclusion Matters
Inclusion Matters is a podcast produced by CICC. Early childhood experts discuss a wide array of important topics for early childhood professionals.
In this podcast Cindy Croft, Dea Anderson and Priscilla Weigel discuss a common statement heard when caring for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. A child may choose to play alone often and because of the critical learning that takes place during play, providers need ideas of how to engage the child in more interactive play. Part 1 will discuss some play characteristics of children with play challenges. Discussion Question In the podcast there is discussion of some reasons why a child would choose to play alone. Are there some children in your care who choose solitary/parallel play? Discuss some clues you observe that may be reasons for their independent play. How can you engage a child in longer peer interactions?(Length: 11:43)
In this podcast, we will continue the last conversation by looking at 4-5 year olds. It is easy at times to see a child’s behavior outside of the context of their age and stage. When we look again at what we are hoping to teach children in a larger sense, we can begin to appreciate some of those challenging behaviors as their way at reaching important milestones!(Length: 11:49)
In our continued discussion with autism expert Pat Pulice, we will look at different settings a child might be in who has an autism diagnosis and how to build a beneficial environment for children we serve. What kinds of supports are present in the therapeutic setting which help a child as they develop skills and when does an inclusive setting with typical developing peers offer other benefits to the child? Early educators can examine their environment for structure, routines, stimulation, and visual supports. Again, each child is an individual and their needs will vary but we will discuss some general strategies for inclusion.(Length: 11:26)
In the first of this 3 part series, Cindy and Priscilla interview Pat Pulice, Director of Autism Services at Fraser in Minneapolis, MN, on what the major characteristics of autism can look like in a young child, how early we might identify a child, and what the identification process includes for young children who may have development red flags for autism. As with all children, the important attitude is seeing who the whole child is and what can support their special needs as they grow and develop.(Length: 13:38)
Do you have children in your program who are reluctant to join others in play, or perhaps aren’t invited to join in because they seem too aloof? All children need one another to learn social competencies and to graduate to more complex social skills. So what can be done? We will discuss some scenarios for why a child might have these play issues and some strategies for easing anxiety and helping children connect with one another.(Length: 12:19)
In Part 2 of this series Cindy Croft, Dea Anderson, and Priscilla Weigel continue their discussion about play challenges for children on the Autism Spectrum. They discuss some key strategies that assist children in building skills and interest in interactive play. Discussion Question. In the podcast Cindy, Priscilla and Dea discuss the importance of Proximity, Practice, and Partnering. Discuss ways you can implement these tools in your setting.(Length: 13:14)