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Inclusion: The Foundation of Our Practice (Part one) In this podcast, we take a closer look at the DEC and NAEYC Joint Position Statement on Inclusion and how its application can help us promote inclusion within our settings. The important elements of access, participation and supports are basic to the needs of all children and staff and become cornerstones for successful inclusive settings. Podcast
Inclusive Schools: Good for Kids, Families & Community The Inclusive Schools website highlights the progress of our nation's schools in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, while offering educators, students, and parents an opportunity to discuss what else needs to be done to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children. There is a downloadable Celebration Kit for the National Inclusive Schools Week. There is an online forum as well as several good articles on the positive affects of inclusion. Website
Insect Sting Allergies When an individual is stung by an insect, venom is injected into the skin which causes an allergic reaction in some individuals. Tipsheet
Integration Checklist Teachers who create accessible environments for children with disabilities "talk straight, look good, go with the flow, and act cool." This checklist helps disabilities coordinators, teachers, and staff members understand how to make sure children can communicate, socialize, and engage in their Head Start settings and activities.  Document
Key Elements of Developmentally Appropriate Practice This tipsheet highlights the key elements of developmentally appropriate practice. Tipsheet
Language of Disability This info module promotes awareness and provides guidance on the respectful use of language and terminology related to individuals with special needs. Info Module
Learning Disabilities and Young Children This course will review the definition of learning disability both medically and educationally. After reviewing the specific definition of a learning disability, challenges of an accurate diagnosis will be discussed as it relates to early childhood. Participants will explore the possible impact for young children who struggle with learning as well as effective strategies that could be implemented to benefit the child. Course
Meal Time: Magic or Mayhem? (Part 3) In the conclusion of our series on daily activities in child care programs, we will talk about the benefits to children with and without disabilities that come from meal time. This is another area of the day when challenging behaviors can take our focus from what we are trying to accomplish like community-building, sharing, emotional regulation and other skills. What can you do when a child who eats more slowly? What about a child who takes someone else’s food? Listen to this lively discussion of the important part of the day. Podcast
Member of the Class Membership is a key feature and a goal of true inclusion. Membership encompasses such terms as belonging, acceptance, and positive relationships with other members of the classroom community. Perhaps the best way to describe being a member of the class is when the child is described as “just one of the kids”. Document
Minnesota Special Needs Levy Funding This info module focuses on the use of special needs levy funding to support children with special needs in school age programs throughout Minnesota. Info Module